Namibian athletes struggling at YOG

WINDHOEK; Namibian athletes appear to be finding the going hard at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) underway in Nanjing, China.

The Games started on Saturday, and end on 28 August this year.

Namibia is being represented by 30 athletes between 15 and 18-years-old, who are participating in girls’ football, swimming, tennis, athletics, beach volleyball, gymnastics, archery and cycling.

The YOG is an international multi-sports’ event organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events, consistent with the current Olympic Games’ format.

This is the second time the IOC hosts the Games after the first event was held in Singapore in 2010.

Since Sunday, Namibian athletes have participated in cycling, beach volleyball, swimming and football.

In the cross-country mountain-bike eliminator seeding, Tristan de Lange came ninth out of 31 cyclists, but managed to qualify for the next round in the men’s team event.

Swimmer Sonja Adelaar was in first place in heat one of the 200 metre (m) individual medley, with a time of two minutes and 22.55 seconds.

Adelaar’s time was, however, not fast enough for her to qualify for the finals, where only the eight-fastest swimmers of four heats went head-to-head.

Lushano Lamprecht narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot when he came in second during his heat in the 100 metres backstroke after he swam 58.94 seconds in heat one.

Zanre Oberholzer landed in sixth place in the women’s 100m backstroke on Monday. On Tuesday, she finished seventh in heat four of the 200m backstroke.

She will still be in action on Wednesday in the 50m backstroke.

In women’s beach volleyball, Stephanie Palmhert and Kim Seebach lost their opening match 0-2 on Sunday to Irene Enzo and Michela Lantignotti of Italy, and also lost on Monday by the same margin to Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara of Canada.

On Tuesday, they once again went down to the same score margin when they played Yekaterina Lassyuta and Anna Pimenova of Kazakhstan.

In other results on Monday, Pascal Marggraff came 28th out of 31 cyclists in the road race trial event, and on Tuesday in the BMX seeding men’s team event, he came 23rd.

This qualified him for the quarter-finals’ run, where he came seventh in heat one, sixth in heat two and seventh in heat three.

He thus failed to qualify for the finals.

In tennis, Lesedi Jacobs lost her match 1-2 against Marketa Vondorousova of the Czech Republic.

In the women’s doubles, Jacobs teamed up with Sandra Samir of Egypt, and also lost 0-2 to Camila Giangreco of Paraguay and Alejandra Gonzalez of Ecuador.

Meanwhile, the girls’ Under-15 football team lost to Mexico 0-9 on Sunday.