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Ananias Shikongo - Rio 2016

Ananias Shikongo

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T11 sprinter Shikongo made history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first Namibian man to win an Olympic or Paralympic gold, something even his hero Frankie Fredericks never achieved. He follows in the footsteps of fellow sprinter Johanna Benson who was Namibia’s first ever gold medallist when she won a Paralympic title at London 2012.

Shikongo’s first race in Rio saw him win bronze in the 100m, lowering the African record in both the heats and final, eventually clocking 11.11 seconds.

In his preferred distance of 200m, he broke the Paralympic record twice, first in the semi-finals with 22.48, before he lowered it to 22.44 in the final, a time good enough to give him gold.

Capping off a memorable Rio 2016, Shikongo set two personal bests on his way to 400m T11 bronze.

Chelsea FC fan Shikongo lost his left eye aged three in a shooting accident as his brother tried to shoot birds using a bow and arrow. Three years later, while working in a field, a donkey kicked him in his right eye, resulting in the loss of sight in that eye too.

He took up Para athletics at age 14 and made his international debut in 2004. He competed at London 2012 but a hamstring injury limited his performances. He has also competed in three World Championships. In 2013 and 2015 he won silver in the 200m T11 and in 2013 also has previously won bronze over 400m in 2011 and 100m in 2013.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F11, T11
Guide
Even Tjiviju; Sem Shimanda

Further personal information

Family
Son Isaac [2014]
Residence
Windhoek, NAM
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Marketing - Namibia University of Science and Technology: Windhoek, NAM

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 1996 at Eluwa Special School in Ongwediva, Namibia.
Why this sport?
"It was part of the school curriculum."
Club / Team
Khomas: Windhoek, NAM
Name of coach
Letu Hamola [personal], NAM, from 2018

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Namibia

General interest

Nicknames
Page (observer.com.na, 14 Feb 2013)
Hobbies
Football. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T11 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Namibian sprinter Frankie Fredericks. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Namibian sprinter Frankie Fredericks. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He suffered from a hamstring injury while competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (namibian.com.na, 14 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never stop training." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Namibia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (thesouthafrican.com, 12 Apr 2018)

He was given the Sporting Achievement Award and the Sportsman of the Year with a Disability Award at the 2016 Namibia Sports Commission Sports Awards. (insidethegames.biz, 31 Oct 2016)

He received a sporting achievement award from Disability Sports Namibia in 2015. (namibiansun.com, 19 Oct 2015)

He was Namibia's flag bearer at the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique. (namibiasport.com.na, 19 Dec 2011)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the world championships, and to defend his T11 200m gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thesouthafrican.com, 12 Apr 2018; thepatriot.com.na, 09 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He lost his left eye at age three in a shooting accident as his brother tried to shoot birds using a bow and arrow. Three years later, while working in a field, a donkey kicked him in his right eye, resulting in him losing his sight in that eye too. (namibiasport.com.na, 19 Dec 2011)
Other information
FOUNDATION
In 2016 he co-founded the Sport on the Move Foundation, which aims to offer support to Namibian Para athletes. The project began in 2015 as the Run4Rio initiative, created by Dutch communications professional Elisa Ostet to help Namibian Para athletes prepare for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Ostet has changed a lot in my life. She started creating a website for me, looking at creating income. It was a way of supporting me while she was very far away in Europe and I was in Africa. After Rio [2016 Paralympic Games] the main [drive] was to create a foundation, for the support Elisa and my friends and others were giving me. I wanted to create a foundation because it is not only me. My friends, my [training] partners I know they were suffering the same way I had been suffering." (sportonthemove.org, Sep 30 2019; paralympic.org, 18 Sep 2019; southerntimesafrica.com, 02 Mar 2019)

HOUSE
In August 2018 he received a new house in Windhoek, Namibia, as part of Standard Bank Namibia's Buy-a-Brick initiative. He was chosen as a recipient of the initiative following his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where he won three medals. "I started my journey in 1997 and now it has finally paid off with a house." (Facebook page, 14 Aug 2018; allafrica.com, 15 May 2018; observer.com.na, 16 Feb 2018)

OTHER STUDIES
In 2018 he began studying for a degree in physiotherapy at the Nomad Institute in Windhoek, Namibia. "The struggles of an athlete are unending. We are put in the hands of so many physiotherapists and not all do a good job. At times we do not get the best massages during competitions and it affects performance. Now that I have been in good and bad hands, I feel I am in a better position to tell what athletes need." (thepatriot.com.na, 03 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 2 2011-01-22 4
Men's 400 m T11 Heat 1 2011-01-26 2
Men's 400 m T11 Final 2011-01-27 3
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 1 2011-01-28 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 3 2012-09-03 2
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 3 2012-09-04 3
Men's 400 m T11 Heat 3 2012-09-06 2
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 3 2012-09-07 3
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 3 2012-09-07 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 3 2013-07-20 1
Men's 200 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-20 2
Men's 200 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-21 2
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 3 2013-07-25 1
Men's 100 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 3
Men's 100 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-26 3
Men's 400 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 4
Men's 400 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-27 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T11 Heat 2 2015-10-25 5
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 3 2015-10-28 2
Men's 200 m T11 Semifinal 2 2015-10-29 4
Men's 200 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 3 2016-09-10 1
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-10 1
Men's 100 m T11 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Heat 2 2016-09-12 2
Men's 4x100 m T11-13 Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 2 2016-09-13 1
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-14 1
Men's 200 m T11 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
Men's 400 m T11 Heat 3 2016-09-16 2
Men's 400 m T11 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-15 2
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-15 2
Men's 400 m T11 Heat 3 2017-07-16 7
Men's 200 m T11 Heat 3 2017-07-20 5