Paralympic sprinter Shikongo aims to break world record at IPC World Champs

WINDHOEK – Paralympic sprinter Ananias Shikongo has set his sights on breaking the world record in the men’s T11 200 metre at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in July.

The championships will be held in London in the United Kingdom from 14 to 23 July 2017.

Shikongo and his guide, Even Tjiviju, won a gold medal in the T11 200 metre (m) at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. They beat defending champion Felipe Gomes and his guide Jonas de Lima Silva from Brazil, in a time of 22.44 seconds.

Speaking to the media here on Monday, Ananias said he wants to send a message to his competitors that winning gold at the Paralympic Games was no fluke.

He said it was possible through hard work, and he now aims to break the world record.

The T11 200m world record is 22.41 seconds set up by David Brown of the United States of America in April 2014.

Shikongo said he and Tjiviju have been working hard, and he feels capable of breaking the record.

Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NNPC) Secretary-General Michael Hamukwaya, who is also Shikongo’s coach, told Nampa on Tuesday the athlete has prepared well, adding that he is now showing maturity.

Other athletes who have qualified for the IPC Athletics World Championships are Johannes Nambala, Johanna Benson, Lahja Ishitile and Eino Mushila,

Nambala will be defending his 200m record, which he set in Doha in 2015.

Hamukwaya said he is happy with Nambala’s fitness and determination ahead of the championships, but is a bit concerned about Ishitile and Mushila, who are students based in northern  Namibia.

“They might not train as we wish they should because of school,” he said.

The NNPC plans to bring Benson, who works in Walvis Bay, to Windhoek for a month to train ahead of the championships. – Nampa

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