Namibian athletes dominate AUSC Half Marathon

24 Jun 2018 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) – Nedbank Namibia in collaboration with the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region Five hosted a half marathon on Saturday here, where Namibian athletes dominated.
Namibians Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa and Lena Ekanjo won the half marathon in the male and female categories respectively, while Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Helalia Johannes and Reinhold Thomas won the 10-kilometre (km) run in the female and male categories respectively.
Grevazio Mpani and Ackery Diamku Benda finished the half marathon for men in second and third place respectively and in the women’s event, Lavinia Haitope was second while Doris Fish was third.
In the 10km run, David Manza finished second and Matheus Kadhinguila third in the male category, while in the female category Fhilistus Shitoshi was second and Felestus Mpande third.
Apart from the marathon, there was also a wheelchair race that saw Roodly Gowaseb finishing first and Mathias Angula second.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Kuugongelwa said the race was tough but since he knows the Windhoek routes, he knew how to manage the race pace to his advantage.
“We started off the race on a very slow pace and when I noticed that the weather was very good for running as there was no wind, I decided to pick up the pace, which in the end made me have my own race and winning the half marathon,” he said.
Kuugongelwa added that winning the half marathon here was good preparation for him ahead of the Sanlam marathon to be hosted in Cape Town later this year.
AUSC Region Five is made up of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi became the first country to host the marathon in 2015 followed by Mozambique in 2016.
Nedbank Namibia, the perennial hosts of the Citi Run, an annual half marathon event, this year partnered with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, the Namibia Sports Commission and the Namibia National Olympic Committee to host their second AUSC marathon.
Namibia signed an agreement to host the AUSC marathon for four years here and their first was hosted in Swakopmund on 23 February 2017.
In this year’s event, only Namibia (host), Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi took part.