The Namibian team ended the African Youth Games in Gaborone on a high, adding another six medals on the last two days. On Friday morning Namibia's cycling team ended their stint in Botswana's capital with their mountainbike race, where Namibia's three cyclists presented the best team performance and raked in two medals.
Tristan de Lange won the silver medal after leading the race together with South Africa's Alan Hatherly from the start line. On the last of six laps on the fast course on the outskirts of Gaborone, Hatherly secured the better line heading into the last corner and manged to win the spring finish against de Lange.
Behind the leading duo, Namibia's Brandon Plaatjies build up a comfortable lead over the remaining riders to claim bronze with Pascal Marggraff rounding it off with a fourth position. Marggraff also already impressed on the previous day, where he finished fourth in the road race losing out on a podium place in a sprint finish by half a bike length.
Also on Friday Namibia's young tennis star, Sedi Jacobs won the bronze medal match in the ladies singles against N Dzenga from Zimbabwe with 6:2; 6:2. In the final of the ladies singles, Chiraz Bechri (TUN) won gold by beating Janet Koch (RSA) 5:7; 7:6; 6:3.
From there Jacobs went on to play the ladies double final with Lize Moolman against Algeria's Chiraz Bechri / Yosr Elmi, which the Namibian girls dominated, overcoming their opponents 6:3; 6:0. A clearly proud Frank Fredericks was the guest of honor, who had the privilege of handing over the gold medals to the Namibian girls.
On Friday afternoon and Saturday it was time for Namibia's athletics team to impress in the high jump, with Kristien Kruger winning the bronze in the ladies competition jumping a height of 1.65, followed by Viza Ujaha claiming the bronze medal in the boys competition with a height of 1.99.
This brings Namibas medal count at the Africa Youth Games to an impressive fourteen medals:
Sonja Adelaar - swimming 100m freestyle
Zanré Oberholzer - swimming 100m backstroke
Lize Moolman / Sedi Jacobs - tennis doubles
Jean-Paul Burger - triathlon
Sonja Adelaar - swimming 200m freestyle
Caro Els - golf
Max Ipinge - boxing welter (69kg)
Titus Kaluwapa - boxing light welter (65kg)
Tristan de Lange - mountainbike
Sedi Jacobs - tennis
Zanré Oberholzer - swimming 50m backstroke
Branden Plaatjies - mountainbike
Kristien Kruger - high jump
Viza Ujaha - high jump
In the overall medal table Namibia finished the African Youth Games on an impressive 10th position out of 54 countries competing.