Gaby Ahrens won Namibia’s second medal at the Commonwealth Games when she came third in the Women’s Singles Trap shooting event on Saturday.
Anita North of England won the gold medal with a score of 93, with Shona Marshall of Scotland winning the silver medal with a score of 91 and Ahrens winning bronze with a score of 88.
It was a great comeback by Ahrens, who earlier finished sixth in the qualification round to make it through to the last eight final.
It was Namibia’s second medal at the Commonwealth Games after Johanna Benson earlier won a bronze medal in the women’s T37 100m sprint.
Namibia is assured of at least another bronze medal after Jafet Uutoni beat Jason Lavigilante of Mauritius 5-0 to progress to the semifinals of the light flyweight category. If he loses his semifinal bout he will win a bronze medal and if he wins, he will be in the running for a gold or a silver medal. Uutoni is now well on track to emulate his feat at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, when he won a gold medal in the light flyweight category.
Four other Namibian boxers however lost their quarterfinal bouts on Sunday.
Namibian bantamweight boxer Sakaria Lukas lost 14-11 against Tirafalo Seoko of Botswana, while welterweight Mujandjae Kasuto lost 7-5 against Patrick Gallagher of Northern Ireland.
Namibian middleweight boxer Elias Nashivela was knocked out in the first round of his fight against Vijender Singh of India and Namibian super heavyweight boxer Tobias Munihango lost 3-2 to Blaise Yepmou of Cameroon.
Namibian cyclists Dan Craven and Erik Hoffmann finished 12th and 16th overall in the Men’s Road Race on Sunday.
Allan Davis of Australia won the 168km road race in a time of 3:49,48, while Craven and Hoffmann both finished 4:20 behind Davis.
The Top Ten places were dominated by riders from Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Canada, while Craven and Hoffman were the first African riders home. The first South Africans were Johann Rabie who finished 17th, and Jay Thomson - the silver medallist at last year’s African Championships in Windhoek - who finished 30th. Only 52 of the 130 entrants completed the race.
After the race, Craven told Namibia Sport that they were proud of their achievements under the circumstances.
“Either one of us could have been in the front group so there is a touch of disappointment but at the same time, we were both the first Africans with the first of the six-man South African team finishing one place behind Erik. We were also the first riders from developing nations and thus the first riders who came here on a shoestring budget - all facts worth being very proud of,” he said.
In bowls, Namibia’s Women’s Pairs team of Diana Viljoen and Theuna Grobler failed to reach the semifinals - and a bronze medal - when they were narrowly beaten by England.
Namibia won the first set 9-4, but Namibia came back to take a tight second set 8-7. England then won the tiebreak 2-1 to win the encounter and progress to the semifinals.