Klein-Nienaber and Louw win big at Cossasa champs

16 May 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 MAY (NAMPA) – Local athletes Chrislene Klein-Nienaber and Nathalie Louw were named junior and senior Victrix Ludorum respectively at the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletics Championships.
Klein-Nienaber competed in the Under-13 category and Louw in the U-17 category. The championships took place in Swakopmund from Thursday to Saturday and saw athletes in the age groups U-13 to U-17 from Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe compete against each other.
Klein-Nienaber was the first athlete to break a record at the Cossasa Athletics Championships. She crossed the high jump bar at 1.57 metres (m), breaking the previous record of 1.50m set by Namibia’s Jewel Engelbrecht in Botswana in 2012.
She won a gold medal for setting a record and also won gold in long jump, where she jumped 4.68m.
Klein-Nienaber scored 914 points in high jump; 779 points in long jump and 796 points in a 100m sprint which gave her an overall score of 2 489 points.
She won the best junior in field events award; best U-13 female athlete award and was named the U-13 junior Victrix Ludorum.
Louw also won gold medals for Namibia in high jump and long jump.
She won the best U-17 female award after scoring 826 points in high jump and 872 points in long jump to give her an overall score of 1 698 points. She was named senior Victrix Ludorum.
Louw and Klein-Nienaber were the only Namibian athletes to win awards.
Zimbabwe won the championships after finishing with 55 medals overall. Namibia finished second with 52 medals and Botswana third, while Lesotho was in fourth place.
The next Cossasa Athletics Championships will be held in Zimbabwe in 2017.