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Hainuca through to 100m semi-finals

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Namibian sprinter Gilbert Hainuca qualified for the semi-finals of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.Hainuca, who was the first athlete to compete in the track and field events for Team Namibia on the day, came third in heat six of th…

Namibian sprinter Gilbert Hainuca qualified for the semi-finals of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Hainuca, who was the first athlete to compete in the track and field events for Team Namibia on the day, came third in heat six of the men’s 100 metres (m) with a time of 10.31 seconds.

The heat, which took place at the Alexander Stadium, was won by the fastest man in the 100 metres in Africa, Ferdinand Omanyala. Omanyala clocked a time of 10.07 seconds, which was the fastest of all 10 heats held during the morning session.

Despite finishing in third place, the Namibian athlete ran one of the seven fastest times, which advanced him to the semi-finals. The first two athletes in each heat automatically qualified for the next round.

In an interview with Nampa after the race, Hainuca said this was not one of his best races.

“The execution was not right but I just hope I will get through to the next round of the competition,” he said.

Hainuca added that the 100m sprint is the only event he will be competing in at the Commonwealth Games because he was informed late about the 200m sprint and therefore would not be competing in it as he did not prepare for it.

Meanwhile another Namibian, Ryan Williams who competed in the discus throw event, did not make the final list after throwing 55.54m.

Williams told Nampa he was in a pool of strong athletes but was happy to have given his best even though it was not good enough on the day.

“I am privileged to throw against this group of athletes. Everything was okay today, it’s just that the distances were just not there,” he said.

In the single men’s lawn bowls event, Carel Olivier lost his match 12-21 against Jamie Walker of England.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency