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The Namibian team at the Para Championship in Kobe, Japan, has scooped their first gold medal in the 400m through Chris Kinda and his guide, Riwaldo Goagoseb.

This brings the number of para athletes that qualify for the Para Olympic in Paris to four so far.

On Day two and three of the Para Championship, currently taking place in Kobe, Japan, the Namibian team celebrated in style as runner Chris Kinda, assisted by his guide Riwaldo Goagoseb, stole the limelight by winning the 400-meter race, bringing pride and joy to their nation in the process.

With the feat in Kobe, Japan - Kinda booked himself a place in the Paralympics in Paris, France.

Upon their arrival in Japan, the team was welcomed by the Namibian Ambassador, Morven Luswenyo, who encouraged them to raise the Namibian flag high and strive for their best performance during the championship.

The Championship in Japan is crucial for the Namibian Para athletes aiming to qualify for the Paralympics in Paris, which will take place in three months' time.

Lahja Ishitile, who has already qualified for the Paralympics, managed to scoop a bronze medal in the T11 400m in Japan after finishing 3rd in the race, during which she clocked her seasonal best time.

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Letu Hamhola

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Hileni Matheus