Haitope and Kauanivi win RKC Hardap Championship

05 Nov 2016 18:40pm
REHOBOTH, 05 NOV (NAMPA) – Lavinia Haitope and Mynhardt Kauanivi won the women’s and men’s races of the annual Rene Kids Centre (RKC) Hardap Championship here on Saturday.
Haitope beat three-time winner Beata Naigambo to the finish line in a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 0.28 seconds (1:19:0.28) to win the open women’s category over 21 kilometres (km). Naigambo clocked 1:19:06.57 in second place and Sofia Nambabi 1:29:38.61 to end third.
In the open men’s category, Kauanivi beat off competition from Jeremia Shaliaxwe to finish first in a time of 33 minutes and 59.79 seconds (33:59.79). Shaliaxwe recorded 34:25 and Kondjashi Kefas 34:41.93.
Sieglinde Gontes won the veterans’ category in a time of 1:47:18.21.
Speaking to Nampa after her victory, Haitope said the competition was fierce, but she managed to shake off an early onslaught from Naigambo to win the race.
“It was a very competitive race and the route was not an easy one. In the end I came out tops and thank my opponents for pushing me so hard,” Haitope said.
It was her last race for the year. Haitope said she will resume training early next year in preparation for the World Championship in London, United Kingdom.
Over 100 athletes across the country participated in the race in good weather conditions.
The first edition of the RKC Hardap Championship was hosted in 2010 as part of community upliftment programmes of the centre.
Other winners:
Masters – 10km
1 - Albert Papama – 46:14.60
2 - Achim Herma – 51:36.09
3 - Manie Ross – 55:54.55

Open Category – 21km
1 - Kristof Ndunga – 1:19:07.98
2 - Attie Weyers – 1:35:14.74
3 - Robert de Klerk – 1:39:29.15

Junior Category Female 21km
1 - Ndinelao Dumeni – 1:40:03.99
2 - Julia Mbwale – 1:42:27.27
3 - Selma Stefanus – 1:46:11.70

Junior Male 21km
1 - Daniel Paulus – 1:11:54.81
2 - Simon Paulus – 1:12:41.94
3 - Ambrosius Pieters – 1:17:11.95

Sub Veteran 21km
1 - Paulus Vilho – 1:09:58.63
2 - Erich Goeieman – 1:12:12.62
3 - Simon Shipanga – 1:12:34.03
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