Athletes Win Five Gold Medals in Mauritius

A small Namibian team of five athletes won five gold medals at the Confederation of African Athletics, Southern Region, Senior Track amp Field Athletics Championships which took place at the Maryse Justin Stadium in Mauritius over the weekend.

Namibian middle distance athlete Daniel Nghipandulwa led the way with two gold medals. He won the 800m in 1:51,62 while he also won the 1 500m although his winning time was not available.

Hardus Maritz won the men’s 400m hurdles in a time of 51,73 seconds, while Roger Haitengi won gold in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 16,12.

Strydom van der Wath won the men’s javelin throw with a distance of 71 metres, which was well below his national record of 78,32 that he set in May.

Sprinter Even Tjiviju was the only Namibian who did not win a medal, although he did reach the final of the men’s 200m.

The Namibian team was made up of Daniel Nghipandulwa, Roger Haitengi, Hardus Maritz, Strydom van der Wath and Even Tjiviju. The team was accompanied by Dennis Skrywer, senior vice president of Athletics Namibia, as team leader.

According to Skrywer, the weather was pleasant with the exception of a very g wind.

“Athletics Namibia can be proud of the achievements of its athletes and 2015 seems to have been an exceptional one with several records already improved upon both in the senior as well as junior divisions,” Athletics Namibia said in a statement.

Source : The Namibian