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Johanna Benson wins Namibia's first ever gold medal

With Tokyo 2020 now just one year away, it’s time to relive some of the greatest Paralympic moments of the decade. Today, 3 September 2020, Johanna Benson becomes the first Namibian to win gold at the Games 02 Sep 2020
By IPC

The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 13 days full of the most unforgettable, inspiring and exciting moments from the past as preparations for Tokyo 2020 gather pace!

Benson runs into the record books

Johanna Benson made Namibian sporting history at London 2012 by becoming the country’s first ever gold medallist at the Paralympic Games. It was also the African nation's first gold medal at either an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

At London 2012, Benson was Namibia's only female athlete and competed in the T37 100m and 200m finals. She won two medals - silver in the 100m and gold in 200m, clinching a new African record with a time of 29.26 seconds.

After the final, she said: "I knew the gold was mine. I knew my opponents. I made sure that after the turn I pushed hard and managed to win."