Thomas and Haitope win Nedbank City Dash

23 Jun 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – Reinhardt Thomas and Lavinia Haitope were on Sunday crowned champions of the Nedbank Namibia Windhoek City Dash that took place in Independence Avenue in the capital.

To be crowned champion in the elite men’s category Thomas beat Kefas Kondjashili and Shaliaxwe Jeremia who came second and third respectively.

Thomas was a comfortable winner, completing the 10-kilometre (km) course in an unofficial time of 29 minutes 30 seconds (29:30), more than 29 second ahead of Kondjashili.

Thomas told Nampa that the event went well but cold weather conditions made it difficult for the runners.

“I am happy I won this race because I really didn’t know if I was going to make it as it was very cold and the route was hilly, but when I went up the Simon de Witt Bridge, I then knew if I continue pushing I will make it,” he said.

Thomas added that the race was good preparation for the 2019 marathon at the world athletics championships that will be held in Doha, Qatar later this year.

In the elite women’s category, Haitope was in a class of her own as she outclassed her opponents Lena Ekandjo and Beata Naigambo who finished second and third respectively.

Haitope told this agency that the course was very tough for her but it was good preparation for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to be held in September this year.

“I am happy with the pace that I did today and more importantly winning the event. I competed in this event because I wanted to see how well I can pace myself as I am preparing for the Sanlam Marathon in Cape Town in September,” she said.

Over 1700 elite and fun runners took part in the 2019 Nedbank Namibia Windhoek City Dash, which was divided into 10km and 5km runs as well as a walk.