Namibia’s junior athletes have completed the third day of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) with mixed results.
Cyclist Pascal Marggraff was the first Namibian in action when he started at the BMX seeding event yesterday morning. Having very little experience in this event, the 17-year old fought very well to the end to come in at 23rd. Marggraff was one of only 28 riders to complete the race.
He then moved to the quarter final where he competed in the second group. Although he managed to improve his time during all three heats (46.250, 45.727, 45.148), it wasn’t enough to see him through to the semi-finals. This was the first time Namibia competed internationally in a BMX event.
At the same time swimming ace Zanré Oberholzer went to the starting blocks of the women’s 200 meter backstroke event. After an unfortunate mistake during the 100 meter backstroke race, Oberholzer gave it her best, but it wasn’t enough to challenge to top swimmers, eventually claiming the 7th place in her heat with a time of 2:18:36.
Meanwhile the beach volleyball girls Kim Seebach and Stephanie Palmhert got their best result to date. Against Kazakhstan, the pair showed great spirit and were close to causing an upset, but eventually their opponents managed to keep an upper hand to win with 21:19. The battle proved to be exhausting for the Namibian girls, as they lost the second set with 21:4. They will face Ecuador in their next match today.