Johannes, Kruger Set Records At National Champs

HELALIA Johannes and Corlia Kruger set new national records while there were also good performances by Charlene Engelbrecht and Solomon Tuaire at the Bank Windhoek National Athletics Championships in Windhoek over the weekend.

Johannes dominated the women’s 5000m from start to finish to set a new national record of 16:14,96, which was well below Elizabeth Mongudhi’s former mark of 16:28.80.

Corlia Kruger set a new women’s heptathlon record of 4620 points, while her younger sister Kristien Kruger, who came second with 4570 points set a new U17 national record.

Charlene Engelbrecht dominated the women’s field events, and came close to the national records in the shot-put and discus events.

She won gold in the shot put with a distance of 13,58m which was just outside her national record of 13,82 that she set three years ago.

She also won gold in the discus event with a distance of 45,90m which was close to Wilna Bredenhann’s national record of 46,42m.

Solomon Tuaire gave a great performance to win the men’s high jump with a leap of 2,08m.

Tuaire showed that he is getting back to his best after setting a personal best of 2,15m three years ago, but second-placed Vizamujuerii Ujaha is also an exciting prospect. Ujama has a personal best of 1,98m and at the age of 16 he has a bright future ahead of him.

There were numerous other performances that had the crowds entertained over the two days of the championships.

In the men’s sprints, there was an exciting duel between Jesse Urikhob and Even Tjiviju. Urikhob won gold in the 100m with a winning time of 10,42, with Tjiviju claiming silver in 10,60.

Tjiviju however turned the tables in the 200m to claim gold in 21,17 with Urikhob second in 21,25.

Ernst Narib won the men’s 400m in a fast time of 46,68 which was close to Daniel Haitembu’s long standing national record of 46,14, while Daniel Nghipandulwa won the 800m and 1500m double. He won the former in 1:50,88 and then gained revenge over Johannes Skrywer, who beat him earlier this year, to win the 1500m in 3:48,56, with Skrywer second in 3:50,56.

Skrywer however was a comfortable winner in the 5000m, winning gold in a time of 14:53,91, while Reinhard Namupala won gold in the 10000m in 30:54,45.

The men’s 110m hurdles saw an exciting finish with FC Pieterse (14,89) just beating Ettienne Steenkamp (14,95) to the gold medal.

Hardus Britz was a comfortable winner in the 400m hurdles winning gold in 51,46, while Leroy Bock came second in 53,56.

Pieter Swanepoel won two gold medals in the men’s field events, winning the shot-put in 14,87m and the discus in 39,60m.

Adiel van Wyk won gold in the long jump with a distance of 7,07m, while Dirk Potgieter won gold in the men’s javelin in 48,97m.

In the women’s sprint events Desiree Kandovazu won the double with gold in the 200m (25,29) and 400m (56,67), while Lena Noreses won the 100m in 12,41.

The women’s middle distance events saw a fine duel between Klaudia Moses and Lavinia Haitope, with Moses winning the 800m in 2:10,06 and Haitope the 1 500m in 4:42,41.

Haitope added a second gold medal when she won the women’s 10000m in 36:47,56.

Stephanie van Wyk won the women’s 100m hurdles in 14,94, while Elaine Britz won the 400m hurdles in 1:05,46

Serinda Horn won the women’s high jump with a height of 1,68m, Cornelia Kahl won the long jump with a distance of 5,39m, and Shane Mans won the javelin with a distance of 34,83m.

Source : The Namibian