Kuugongelwa and Haitope win Nujoma half-marathon

08 Jun 2014 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) – Local and international long-distance runners took to the streets of Windhoek early on Sunday morning to compete for the annual Dr Sam Nujoma half-marathon.
The 21 kilometre (km) half-marathon which saw international athletes coming from as far the Netherlands and Spain to join local athletes kicked off and finished at the Doc Jubber Hockey Fields in Olympia. Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa won in the men’s category, while Lavinia Haitope won in the women’s category.
Both won N.dollars 10 000 in their respective categories.
Kuugongelwa told Nampa after crossing the line that he prepared for the marathon for the past two months, and it felt good to win.
“I faced a lot of challengers today but I was well prepared and I pushed myself very hard when there was only 10 kilometres to go. My win today is good preparation for the upcoming Old Mutual Victory Race this month,” he said.
Haitope said it felt good to win although she was not too keen on the cold early morning temperatures.
“I ran an individual race today. I did not get any challenges from my opponents, but the weather was not very good, it was too cold. I will now turn my attention to the Old Mutual Victory Race in Oshakati,” Haitope said.
Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) sponsored the event with N.dollars 170 000, while the Coca-Cola Bottling Company sponsored the athletes’ refreshments.