Herunga's Olympic qualification still undecided

12 Apr 2016 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) – Namibian sprinter Tjipekapora Herunga, who was reported to have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games, will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will go to Brazil.
It was reported in local daily newspapers recently that Herunga, who specialises in 400 metres, qualified for the Olympics on Saturday in Jamaica, where she is on an athletics training course, and will form part of the Namibian team in Rio de Janeiro in August.
This was according to a media statement issued by her coach Letu Hamhola on Saturday, when he said Herunga finished in second place with a time of 52.03 seconds, which is faster than the required entry standard of 52.20 for the Olympics.
Speaking during a media conference on Tuesday, Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) President Abner Xoagub said the decision on her qualification is “in the balance”.
He said they have communicated with Athletics Namibia on Monday to find out what event Herunga participated in and if it is identified or accredited as an Olympic qualification event.
“We communicated to all federations to inform the NNOC on what events their athletes are participating in for the qualifiers and said we can help them with getting athletes to events that are verified before the deadline in June, so we can stop with these things of reporting on something while most people don’t have a clue about whether these events are classified or not,” said Xoagub.
He added that only 10 athletes have thus far qualified with A and B standards for the Olympic Games.
They are Helalia Johannes, Beata Naigambo, Alina Armas, Ndeshimona Ekandjo and Mynhardt Kauanivi, all long distance runners; Jonas Junias and Mathias Hamunyela (boxing); Gaby Ahrens (clay target shooting); and Dan Craven (cycling).
The female cyclist who will compete in the Olympics is still to be announced. It will be either Vera Adrian or Michelle Vorster.