Five national records broken at NSSU athletics in Swakopmund

26 Apr 2016 15:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 26 APR (NAMPA) – Five new records were set in various disciplines during the 2016 Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) national athletics championships that ended in Swakopmund on Saturday.
The two-day track and field event saw over 800 athletes in the Under-13 (U-13); U-15; U-17 and U-19 age groups from all 14 regions compete.
U-15 athlete Jaco Labuschagne from the Kunene Region set a record in the 1kg discus throw, improving it from 46.38 metres (m) set in 2013 to 53.47m.
“I have been throwing this distance for a long time in practice. I knew if I didn’t do it with my first throw it would have been difficult to throw it in the other attempt, but I managed to do that with my first attempt.
“I am really happy to have broken the record and I will now work hard to improve on my throwing in future,” Labuschagne told Nampa.
In the boys' U-17 category, Ryan Williams of Omaheke set a national record in the 1.5kg discus throw with a distance of 51.24m. The old record stood at 49.02m since 2013.
Nathalie Louw from Khomas broke the high jump record in the U-15 category for girls to 1.66m from 1.63m set in 2009.
Karin Botha of Otjozondjupa set a new record in the girls’ U-15 shot put, improving it from 10,94m to 12,78m; while Raymond Hummel of Erongo broke the boys’ U-15 400m race from 51,40 seconds to 51,64sec.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Hummel, who also won the 100m and 200m sprints, said he was excited to be selected in the team that will represent the country at the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Championships from 12 to 14 May in Swakopmund.
“I gave it my all because I knew with hard work I would achieve my goals. My dream is to one day represent Namibia at the Olympic Games,” he said.
Hummel also received an award for best performing athlete in his age group.
The Khomas Region came out tops, dominating the medal standing with 96 medals – 32 gold, 26 silver and 38 bronze.
The host region finished second with 36 medals - 15 gold, 12 silver and nine bronze, while Otjozondjupa came third, also with 36 medals - 12 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze.