NamPol Athletics dominates first race of the year

24 Jan 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – Long distance runner Kauanivi Mynhardt of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) won the Pupkewitz National Cross-Country Championships on Saturday here.
The cross-country championship was the first athletics event of the year and took place at the Katutura Sports Complex.
The event, which is organised by Athletics Namibia and sponsored by the Pupkewitz Foundation, is in its fifth year. The championships were first held in Rundu in 2012. The race has traditionally drawn big names in long distance running.
On Saturday athletes competed in various categories, with the junior women running a six-kilometre race; the junior men running an eight kilometre race and those in the youth category (both girls and boys) running two kilometres.
Other categories were the senior, veteran and masters’ women’s categories (8km) and the senior, veteran and masters’ men categories 10km).
NamPol Athletics dominated the race, with three of their athletes finishing in the top three. Mynhardt finished the 10km race in 39 minutes 41.95 seconds (39:41.95); Matheus Kadhingula came in second with a time of 40:00.15, and Gabriel Shiimi completed the top three with a time of 40:06.27 seconds.
Simon Shipingana from the Khomas Region came in fourth with a time of 40:11.35 seconds.
In the women’s category Leena Ndeshimon Ekandjo from NamPol Athletics won the race, while her colleagues Lavinia Haitope and Salmi Mpinga Nduuviteko came second and third respectively.
Speaking to the media after the race, Mynhardt said it was a tough race because it was the first for the year. He said he was however happy to win because he ran at his own own pace.
He added that he is looking forward to his next race in February, when he participates in the Rössing Marathon.