Johannes breaks Namibian record once more
24 Jun 2019 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) Namibias long-distance runner Helalia Johannes once again set a new national record on Sunday when she won the Durban Spar Womens Challenge 10 kilometre (km) race.
The Namibian athlete, who has so far this year won both the Port Elizabeth and Cape Town Spar Womens 10km challenges in record times, continued with her impressive performance in Durban.
In Port Elizabeth, Johannes set a new national record of 31 minutes 50 seconds, but broke that record in Cape Town with a time of 31:45.
On Sunday, Johannes ran under 31 minutes, which was the fastest time on South African soil and a new Namibian national record, which she set for the third time in a row.
To be crowned champion of the Durban Spar Womens 10km Challenge, Johannes ran a record time of 30:58.
The 38-year-old Namibian beat Ethiopian runner Tadu Nare, who came second in a time of 32:36, while South African Irvette van Zyl finished third in a time of 32:57.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Johannes coach Robert Kaxuxuena said he was happy to see the athlete winning in style while at the same time breaking the national records as this shows his training is working well for the athlete.
The coach added that their main goal for all this short distance events is to teach the athlete how to pace herself while at the same time build up strength ahead of the world marathon championship slated for Doha, Qatar, in September.