Shokonawa wins Dr Kleopas Dumeni Marathon

20 Nov 2016 17:10pm
RUACANA, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibian marathon runner, Simon Gabriel Shokonawa won the Dr Kleopas Dumeni Annual Marathon of 21.1 kilometres held at Ruacana in the Omusati Region on Saturday.
Some 70 athletes participated in the event. Shokonawa finished the race in one hour and eight minutes (01:08:00), followed by Jan Haneb from Farm Ondera in the Oshikoto Region in 01:19:00.
The half marathon was a two-horse race. In the 15km men’s category, Malakia Thomas from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) reached the finishing line first in 00:43:22; Daniel Paulus was the runner-up 00:51:17; and Onesmus Kashiku in the third place with 00:53:32.
The title in the 15km women’s category went to Eunice Kanana after finishing the race in 00:56:12. Letisia Stefanus followed Kanana in 00:57:41 and Penoshinge Gabriel in the third place with 00:57:58.
Titles in the 5km race went to Kefas Kefas (boys’ category) and Beatha Jeremia (girls’ category), while Haneb’s son Rodney is the winner in the Under-13 years 5km race.
Ruacana Mayor, Linea Shikale was the only participant in the 5km veterans’ category for women and was declared the winner, while a member of the Ruacana Town Council, Erastus Matshina won the 5km veterans’ men race.
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana officiated at the event and appealed to the young people in Namibia to participate in sporting events, and to refrain from alcohol and drug abuse.
“All of you here are the winners of this Dr Kleopas Dumeni Annual Marathon because of your participation while others are just home idling,” Iivula-Ithana told the athletes.
The marathon is named after the retired leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), Bishop Kleopas Dumeni and co-sponsored by NamPower, NamWater and the Namibian Women in Sport Association (NAWISA).