WINDHOEK: Namibian paralympian Johanna Benson has won a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games underway in London on Wednesday evening.
It is also Namibia’s first-ever gold medal in the Paralympic and/or Olympic Games.
Golden girl Benson ran a terrific T37 200m race, clocking 29.26 seconds, and winning comfortably ahead of Great Britain’s Bethany Woodward 29.65and Germany’s Maria Seifert 29.86).
In the process, Benson also set a regional record.
She also won silver in the 100m sprint on Sunday.
Her two medals have earned her N.dollars 170 000 as promised by the Directorate of Sports – N.dollars 100 000 for gold and N.dollars 70 000 for silver.
It is her first Paralympic Games participation.
Meanwhile, visual impaired sprinter, Ananias Shikongo’s further participation in the 2012 Paralympic Games is in doubt after he pulled a hamstring in the T11 200m semi-final race on Tuesday.
Shikongo is scheduled to run 400m on Thursday at 22h44, and 100m on Friday.
Head coach Michael Hamukwaya told Nampa on enquiry from London Wednesday evening that Team Namibia’s medical team is working hard on getting Shikongo better.