Namibia 26th Overall in Glasgow

Namibia won one silver and two bronze medals to finish 26th overall out of the 71 competing nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games which ended in Glasgow on Sunday.

England finished on top of the medal chart with a total of 174 medals, followed by Australia on 137 medals and Canada on 82 medals.

The host nation, Scotland, came fourth overall on 82 medals, while India came fifth and New Zealand sixth.

South Africa, who came seventh overall with a total of 40 medals (13 gold, 10 silver, 17 bronze), were the top-ranked African nation in Glasgow.

They were followed by Nigeria who came eighth overall with a total of 36 medals, and Kenya (ninth overall with a total of 25 medals).

The next best African nations were Cameroon (17th overall with seven medals), Uganda (18th overall with five medals) and Botswana (20th overall with one gold medal). Namibia came seventh on the African continent with its haul of one silver and two bronze medals.

Namibia’s performance matched that of four years ago when it also won one silver and two bronze medals at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

It’s best performance however came in 2004 when it won one gold and four bronze medals in Manchester, England.

In Glasgow, Namibian boxer Junias Jonas won a silver medal after reaching the 64kg light welterweight category final, where he lost to Josh Taylor of Scotland.

Namibia para-athletes Johanna Benson and Lahja Ishitile each won a bronze medal, with Benson coming third in the Women’s T3738 Long Jump and Ishitile third in the Women’s T1112 100m.

With a bit of luck Namibia could have added to its medal tally. In the women’s marathon Helalia Johannes finished fifth overall after running in front with the leaders for most of the race.

With 5km to go she seemed assured of a third place, but then tired to be overtaken by two athletes to miss out on a medal.

Namibia’s Pairs bowls team of Will Esterhuizen and Douw Calitz also came close to a medal after finishing fourth in the Men’s Pairs competition.

They won three of their four group matches to qualify for the knockout stages, where they beat Australia 19-12 before losing 23-15 to Malaysia in the semifinals.

In the third place play-off they lost 19-12 to England.

Namibia’s Singles, Trips and Fours teams all failed to reach the knockout stages.

In athletics, Namibia entered four marathon athletes. Besides Johannes’ fifth place in the women’s marathon, Beata Naigambo finished 11th while Leena Ekandjo failed to finish the race, and in the men’s marathon Reonard Namupala also failed to finish the race.

Besides Junias Jonas, three other boxers represented Namibia in Glasgow.

Middleweight Mujandjae Kasuto and lightweight Lazarus Shaningwa both won their first fights before losing in the round of 16, while Immanuel Shapaka lost in the first round.

In cycling, Dan Craven finished 9th in the men’s road race on Sunday, after only 12 of the 140 starters managed to finish the race.

In the men’s time trial, Till Drobisch came 18th and Gerhard Mans 24th and in the women’s time trial, Vera Adrian came 27th and Irene Steyn 28th.

In the Mountain Bike cross country event, Heiko Redecker came 18th in the men’s race and Vera Adrian 16th in the women’s race.

In triathlon, Drikus Coetzee came 25th in the men’s race in shooting, Gaby Ahrens failed to make the final of the Women’s Trap event after finishing 12 in the first round and in wrestling, Angula Shikongo lost his first round fight against Leon Rattigan of England.

In para-sport powerlifting, Ruben Soroseb came sixth after lifting 200kg, while another para-athlete, Etchegaray Nguluwe came 12th in the F4244 men’s discus.

Anna Kambinda and Johanna Katjikuru achieved season best times in their respective heats of the 100m T1112 race, but both failed to qualify for the finals.

Source : The Namibian