13 Oct 2017 17:50pm
OMARURU, 13 OCT (NAMPA) All is set for the fifth edition of the Erongo Powersave Street Mile which takes place on Saturday 14 October at Omaruru, the organisers have said.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday at the race venue where preparations were ongoing, Berthold Karumendu, the race organiser said all logistics are in place with almost one thousand entries having been received so far, while more are still expected.
We have athletes from as far afield as Gaborone, Botswana, who have already arrived. They [are] 13 athletes in total and their colleagues from Orapa are on the way as we speak, he said.
Last years winner, 25-year-old Kefas Kondjashili from NamPol told this agency that he is ready for the race.
If I break the record then its a bonus, I am here just to defend my title, he said.
He finished last years race in a time of four minutes and 19 seconds.
The Nampol runner said his preparations for this race were not ideal as he was also focusing on the Old Mutual Victory Finals next week (where he is the overall leader) which requires endurance more than speed.
I tried mixing it up, I hope it does not have an effect in the outcome of the race tomorrow, he added.
Kondjashili has won six races this calendar year and is an outright favourite to retain his title here.
He welcomed the inclusion of the Batswana athletes, saying it will bring the best out of the local runners, as they would also gain international experience.
Mynhardt Kauanivi, the first winner of the race and the record holder, with a time of four minutes and six seconds, said he was ready for the race.
Preparations have been going on well for this race, I am not scared of the young boys. I want to break my record this year. Last year I was fourth, this year I am targeting winning the race, he said.