28 January 2013

Namibia: Benson Takes Bronze in Glasgow

Windhoek — Namibia's Paralympics gold and silver medalist, Johanna Benson, finished in 3rd place after crossing the line in a time of 9.23 seconds at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, in Scotland on Saturday.

The women's T37 60-m race was won by Britain's Katrina Hart who was followed by the 16-year-old Olivia Breen in 2nd place, leaving Benson to pick up the pieces in 3rd place.

National athletics coach Letu Hamholo, who helped train Benson ahead of the Glasgow event, said he was happy with the performance and the finishing time as well, adding that it was Benson's first participation in a 60-m indoor race and finishing 3rd "is encouraging enough".

"Johanna comes from a very long break and still needs a bit of time to recuperate and gain the fitness she had at the London Paralympics. But I'm happy with her time and I also liked her composure during the race. She quickly picked herself up from the starting line and bravely pushed to finish 3rd," said Hamholo.

The winner in the 60-m race pocketed £1500 and the 2nd placed athlete walked away with £1000, while the 3rd placed finisher takes home £500.

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