ace Lesedi Jacobs has won Namibia’s first and only medal at the 5th
edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games currently under way in Samoa.
faced Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal of India in the women’s single final on
Friday. Although the Namibian put up a brave fight, her opponent was just too
strong, beating Jacobs in straight sets (6-3, 6-0).
the total tournament performance was outstanding and a clear indication that
Jacobs has a bright future in the years to come. In her first match she faced Rida
Khalid. The Pakistani was no match for Namibia’s junior as Jacobs recorded a
solid 2:0 (6-0, 6-2) victory.
used her momentum in the quarterfinal to see off Sisilia Laumanu Teu of Tonga
with 6-1 and 6-2 before edging past Zani Barnard of South Africa (6-2, 7-5) to
book a ticket for the final.
are very proud of Lesedi and in fact of all our athletes. She is on her second
term of her Olympic Solidarity Scholarship and this success is prove that the
investment is paying off”, said a delighted Joan Smit, General Secretary of the
Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC) on Friday.
also thanked the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for the founding
they have made available for the team to travel to the Pacific island and
compete with athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries.