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Johannes Nambala

Moroccan Mohamed Amguoun (L) celebrates the victory next to Namibian Johannes Nambala, who finishes second, after the 400M race at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 15 September 2016.  (Photograph taken by Christophe Simon)
Johannes Nambala is a Namibian Paralympian athlete competing mainly in category T13 sprint. In 2013 he became the first Namibian to win a gold medal at a IPC Athletics World Championships, when he won the 400m sprint in Lyon. As well as World Championship success, Nambala has also won two silver Paralympic medals, both silver, and both won at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Personal history
Nambala was born in 1991 in the village of Iikokola, in the Uukwaluudhi in northern Namibia. He was born with a congenital complication that left him visually impaired; though he is not blind. Nambala now lives in Windhoek, and was educated at Windhoek Technical High School.

Athletics career
Nambala took up athletics in 2012 whilst in South Africa. He begun his career at Oshakati Athletics Sports Club he was classified as a T13 competitor for visually impaired athletes. He made his senior debut in 2013 and that year he was selected for the Namibia team and travelled to France to compete at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships. There he competed in three events, winning a silver in the 200 metres and became the first Namibian athlete to win an IPC World Athletics gold when he broke the championship record to take 400 metres title.

Gold-medalist Jason Smyth of Ireland alongside silver-medalist Johannes Nambala of Namibia and bronze-medalist Chad Perris of Australia during the medal presentation after the Men's 100m T13 Final at the Rio Olympic Stadium after the Men's 100m T13 Final at the Rio Olympic Stadium during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Diarmuid Greene)
In the buildup to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Nambala took part in the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. He took another two World Championship medals, a bronze in the 400 metres, despite posting a faster time than won him the title two years prior, and a gold in the 200 metres. He followed the World Championships with his first African Games, competing in the 400 metres.

His time of 48.49 was enough to beat his nearest rival, Algeria's Abdelatif Baka, to claim the gold medal. At the Rio Paralympics, Nambala entered three events, the 100 metre (T13), the 200 metre (T13) and the 4 x 100 metre relay (T11-13) He won two medals, placing second in both the T13 100m sprint and the T13 400m sprint respectively.
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