Senior National Track and Field Champs this weekend

09 Apr 2015 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – Senior Namibian athletes will compete in the 2015 Bank Windhoek National Track and Field Championships in Windhoek on Saturday.
The top 10 athletes in all track and field events have been invited to the prestigious event. To ensure a feast of top-class athletics, Athletics Namibia (AN) requested that each region enter two athletes per event as well.
The event will start at 09h30 at the Independence Stadium, and is expected to finish at around 16h30.
AN said in a media statement issued on Wednesday that some of the athletes expected to be in action are Evan Tjiviju, Tjimbatu Kauajo and Ismael Tjiramba. Tjiramba will defend his double titles in the 100 metre (m) and 200m sprints.
Ernst Narib is expected to take part in the 400m event and take revenge on the young Francis Uatema of the Erongo Region, who humiliated him at the Swakopmund Bank Windhoek Grand Prix two weeks ago.
In the women’s sprints, Lena !Noreses is expected to continue her dominance in the absence of Namibia’s other senior sprinters who are currently in Jamaica. She can however expect to be tested by upcoming junior athletes Eileen Britz and Carolin Kutzner.
In the middle distances, Daniel Nghipandulwa and Johannes Skrywer are expected to provide another excellent episode of their rivalry in the 800m and 1500m events.
Klaudia Moses, the defending women’s 800m champion, is expected go up against her old nemesis, Lavinia Haitope.
The long distances will once again be a battle between the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol). Runners like David Thomas (NDF), who was absent for a long time, can expect a run for his money when he takes on fellow soldier Simon Shipangana.
Other athletes who will be in action are Mynhardt Kauanivi of NamPol, Pinehas Embashu (NDF) and Uveni-nawa Kuugongelwa of the Khomas Region in the 5000m.
In the field events, the Khomas Region is expected to dominate in shot-put and discus through Charlene Engelbrecht, Selma Shilongo, Jessica Moolman and Sune Engelbrecht.
In the men’s high jump, the Erongo Region is expected to dominate through upcoming junior high jumpers Sakaria Kakunde and Vizamuje Ujaha. They will test Namibia’s best high jumper for over a decade now, Salomon Tuaire.
In the hurdles, Hardus Maritz is expected to contest the 400m hurdles against the unpredictable Leroy Bock, also of the Khomas Region.