Nambala focussing on 200m and 400m races
By Hesron Kapanga
LONDON, 17 JUL (NAMPA) – Paralympic Games double silver medallist, Johannes Nambala has dusted off the disappointment of his 100 metre (m) race on Sunday and is now focussing on the 200m dash scheduled for Monday evening.
The visually impaired sprinter ended fourth in the 100m race at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships underway here.
“We are now going to run 200m tonight and I know it’s going to be a tough challenge because the last time I competed in 200m was two years ago in Doha,” he told Nampa on Monday.
Nambala, who runs in the T11 category, said the longer race provides him with an opportunity.
“Even if I get a late start, I can catch up with the guy in the run, compared to the 100m which is too short and once you make a mistake you are done,” said Nambala.
He said his nerves got the better of him after the 100m dash had to be restarted because of a false start by another runner.
“In the final race, I was really relaxed and knew I was ready to win something, but after the Brazilian athlete (Gustavo Henrique Araujo), who won our heat, was disqualified I got a bit nervous of also getting a false start,” said Nambala.
He won silver in the 100m race at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nambala is also working towards a medal in the 400m race for which he won a silver medal in Brazil.
Another Namibian athlete competing Monday evening is Eino Mushila in the T13, 200m race.
Mushila, who is also visually impaired, said he is looking forward to his first competition at the IPC World Athletics Championships.
The major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities, and in a few events, those with intellectual disabilities and is governed by the IPC.
It started Friday and ends Sunday.