Benson wins gold medal for Namibia at AAG

KINTELE: Namibia’s sprinter Johanna Benson won a gold medal for Namibia at the 11th All Africa Games (AAG) underway in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

Benson won the medal in the T37 100 metre race on Thursday morning here. All athletes in the T37 class have movement and coordination problems on one half of their body.

She ran the time of 14.39 seconds to finish first ahead of Neda Bahl of Tunisia who came second with 14.64 seconds.

Only Benson and Bahl participated in the T37 100m. The rest of the athletes in that category did not come to the AAG. Those who did are nursing injuries picked up while training.

“With the International Association of Athletics Federations‎ (IAAF) rules they do not accredit a race when there are only two athletes, but we were told this race has already been suctioned to take place at the African Games and this results will stand.

“So we can now say we have won three gold’s so far with Paralympics,” said Michael Hamukwaya Namibia Paralympics Committee Secretary-General.

Benson was the first Namibian to win a Paralympic or Olympic gold medal when she triumphed in the 200m T37 at the London Games in 2012. She won 100m and 200m T37 bronze at the 2013 World Championships.

Benson holds the African record in the women’s 100m and 200m T37.

Namibia has so far won 11 medals – three gold’s, three silvers and five bronzes at the 11th All Africa Games.

At the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique, Namibia came back with seven medals – one gold, one silver and five bronze.

The games end on Saturday.