Namibia Finish Tenth At African Youth Games

Namibia finished tenth overall out of 54 competing nations at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, which were concluded on Saturday. According to the unofficial medal standings, Namibia finished tenth overall with a total of 14 medals, consisting of four gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Egypt finished first with 44 gold and 89 medals in total, while South Africa came second with 41 gold and 93 medals in total. Nigeria came third with 19 gold and 41 medals in total.

They were followed by Algeria (15 gold, 48 total), Ethiopia (14 gold, 27 total), Tunisia (13 gold, 43 total), Kenya (seven gold, 25 total), Botswana (six gold, 19 total) and Morocco (four gold, 25 total).

Sedi Jacobs and Lize Elfrida Moolman won Namibia’s fourth gold medal on Friday when they won the girls’ doubles title in the tennis competition.

The Namibian pair, who were seeded third for the competition, beat the unseeded Chiraz Bechri and Yosr Elmi of Tunisia 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

In the semifinals, Jacobs and Moolman beat the top seeds, Sandra Samir and Hannah Lasheen of Egypt 6-4, 7-6.

In the girls singles competition, Jacobs won a bronze medal after beating the fourth-seeded Nicole Dzenga of Zimbabwe 6-2, 6-2. Jacobs, who was seeded second in the singles competition, lost 6-4, 7-6 to the third seeded Janet Koch of South Africa in the semifinals.

In the boys mountain bike competition, Namibia won two medals with Tristan de Lange winning silver and Brandon Plaatjies bronze. Alan Hatherly of South Africa came first to win the gold medal.

In athletics, Kristien Kruger won a bronze medal after coming third in the girls’ high jump with a height of 1,65m, while compatriot Siranda Horn won gold in the high jump B competition with a height of 1,70m.

Source : The Namibian