Zambia’s Mutanya retains Rössing Marathon victory

09 Feb 2019 18:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – The 32-year-old Mathews Mutanya is once again this year’s Rössing Marathon champion, after coming in first at 2 hours, 21 minutes and 49 seconds (2:21:49) for the 42 kilometre open men category.
The event, which was the 28th edition, took place at the Pro-Ed Academy Sports Field, where the runners began their race onto the Henties Bay road on Saturday.
In an interview with Nampa after crossing the finish line, Mutanya who won the same title last year clocking 2:16:52, expressed joy, saying he was indeed proud of himself for this achievement.
“Defending a title is never easy, therefore I am very satisfied with my record today,” he said.
Mutanya has been running for the past 12 years and has taken part in several marathons around Africa and promised to take part in next year’s Rössing event as well.
“Although the prize money for someone travelling from another country is not very ample, I am happy to say the event is well organised and I will continue taking part for as long as I can,” he said.
Kejas Kondjashili came in second after Mutanya at 2:22:55, followed by Jesaya Matheus in a time of 2:23:30.
Namibia’s Beata Naigambo was first over the line in the open ladies 42 km category, with a time of 2:43:21.
Naigambo was followed by Leena Ekandjo and Ottilie Aimwata who came in at 3:02:56 and 3:03:21 respectively.
This year’s event was held under the theme ‘My Health, My Right’ and aimed at promoting healthy habits and supporting positive lifestyles in the community.
Some of the categories also included this year were the 21km (half-marathon), 10km Run, Uranium Relay and a 5km Fun Walk from which proceeds will be directed towards the fight against cancer in Namibia through the Cancer Association of Namibia.
Champions Mutanya and Naigambo each got prize money of N.dollars 10 000, with the Namibian also receiving an additional N.dollars 20 000 in kind development bonus in support of her sport career development throughout the year.
The event is organised by Rössing Uranium.