Wednesday 12 May 2021
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Namibia takes fourth place at Youth Games

Previously named the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games, the 8th edition of the Region 5 Youth Games kicked off in Gaborone, Botswana on the 7th December.
The Games will last until 16th December 2018.
All Region 5 member countries namely Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are attending the games to participate in football, tennis, netball, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, judo, basketball and boxing sporting disciplines as well as the newly added game of volleyball.  Athletics for the visually impaired also makes up part of the games.
Corne le Roux, a Namibian swimmer won a third medal for Namibia at the games, finishing in third place in the 200m butterfly winning a bronze medal, which was the second medal for Namibia in the discipline of swimming after 3 days of the games.
The very first medal for the country was won by Juan Johnson in the discipline of judo, winning a bronze medal in the category of 91+ kg male participants.
Tiana Esslinger, Heleni Stergiadis, Zune Weber and Ju-Anne Oberholzer won silver in the 4x100m freestyle.
The team representing Namibia is competing in men and women’s soccer, netball, swimming, boxing, track & field, men and women’s volleyball as well as tennis and judo.
The men’s volleyball team lost to South Africa in a match ending with a score of 3-1.
Meanwhile Botswana lost to Namibia won against Botswana in their game on netball at the games, beating them 44-38.
Although Namibia lost their first two matches against Zambia and Zimbabwe, they made a strong comeback in the third match.
Namibia’s first gold medal was won by Natalie Louw in the long jump event, jumping a distance of 5.70m beating teammate Chantell du Toit who jumped a distance of 5.49m. The second gold medal came from Bernardo ‘the bullet’ Immanuel a T11 para-athlete, when he and his guide won first place in the 100m race while the Namibia’s swimming team finished fourth overall.
South Africa is currently ranked first with 62 medals, Botswana second with 12 and Zimbabwe takes third place with 18 medals in total.

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