Namibian archers finish day one of competition on high

Namibia's archery team of Quinn Redding and AdriaanGrobler finished day one of the individual recurve competition on a high after impressive performances at the African Games (AG).

The archery competition kicked off on Tuesday at the MoulayRachid National Sports Centre.

Team Namibia is being represented by two youthful athletes 16 years old Redding and 19 years old Grobler.

In the opening day of the championships Redding was on fine form as she topped the Women African ranking with 629 points in the 70-metre distance shoots ahead of Reem Mansour of Egypt who came second with 622 points.

Mira Elchammaa also from Egypt finished third with 608 points from the 24 women from 12 countries who competed in the championships on the day.

In the male's category Grobler finished in ninth position out of the 38 male archer that competed in the individual men recurve.

He was 54 points behind the winner YoussofTolba of Egypt who had 656 points while the Namibian had 602 points.

The two Namibian athletes' impressive performance at the AG gain them second spot in the mixed team events recurve of 1231 points the 12 countries at the championships. Egypt took first spot on 1278 points and South Africa was ranked seventh with 1148 points.

The medal shoot out for the mixed team recurve will be held on Thursday.

Speaking to Nampa after the event team coach Frank Redding said he was happy with the athlete's performance on the day but they still have a long way to go in the competition.

We really did well today, I am happy to see that Redding did her personal best with the 629 points which she has not done before even at home and Grobler had an off day but despite that he still shot extremely well to finish ninth out of 38 archers in Africa that is something we have to be proud off, he said.

Redding added that the teams will now turn their attention to the individual and mixed team elimination events.

We are hoping to continue with this performance going into tomorrow championships. Our hope is to do well and possibly reach the medal shoot as it not over yet until the phat lady sings, he said.

Grobler told Nampa that he was happy with the results on the day despite it not being his best.

I had an off day, I know I can do better than this but I will take this results with a positive mind and see how I can improve on it as the competition progresses, Grobler said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency