Karumendu happy with athletes' performances at World Champs

14 Aug 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – Berthold Karumendu, Team Namibia Chef de Mission at the recently concluded World Athletics Championships, has expressed happiness with Namibian athletes' performances at the championships.
The 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) event was held in London from 04 to 14 August.
Five marathon runners represented Namibia in the men’s and women’s events. Helalia Johannes, Beata Naigambo and Lavinia Haitope competed in the women's race, while Reonard Namupala and Paulus Iiyambo ran in the men’s category.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday after the team’s arrival from London, Karumendu said the athletes gained a lot of experience which will be very useful to them and the country in future competitions.
He added that the level of competition was very high but Namibian athletes managed to run their personal best.
“Although we did not win any medals our guys did very well, especially Helalia who finished in the top 20 of the women’s race. The exposure these athletes got was really good for them,” he said.
Johannes finished 19th overall; five minutes and 10 seconds behind winner, Rose Chelimo of Bahrain, who finished in 02 hours, 27 minutes and 11 seconds (02:27:11).
Naigambo and Haitope finished 30th (2:37:24) and 50th (2:44:02) respectively. Naigambo managed a season’s best time.
Seventy eight athletes managed to finish the women’s race out of 92 runners.
Namupala and Iiyambo finished in 35th and 37th positions from the 71 athletes who reached the finishing line out of 100 who started the race.
Namupala also ran a season's best of 02:18:51. He was about 10 minutes behind the winner, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui of Kenya, who finished in 02.08:27.
Team Namibia landed in the country on Monday morning at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.