Johannes sets new 10km national record
05 May 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAY (NAMPA) Commonwealth Games gold medallist Helalia Johannes set a new national 10 kilometre (km) record when she was crowned champion of the 2019 Port Elizabeth Spar Womens Challenge on Saturday.
The Namibian stormed to victory with a personal best time of 31 minutes, 50 seconds in the 10km race, beating her previous record of 33:07 which she set in October 2006 while competing in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
She beat 17-year-old Ethiopian Tadu Teshome Nare, who came second in 32:38, and two-time defending champion Kesa Molotsane of South Africa who came third in 33:09.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Johanness coach Robert Kaxuxuena said setting a new national record in the 10km race is a positive sign after all her hard work.
Our goal is to be focused and keep the momentum ahead of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships in Doha in September. We will continue working hard, he said.
Kaxuxuena added that before the world athletics championships they will focus more on short distances like 10km and 21km runs.
We are going to run a full marathon at the world champs in Doha but right now we going to turn our attention to short distances, which will help in building stamina and speed. Our next race will be in Cape Town, also a 10km run, later this month, he said.