Female 4x100m team reaches finals at AG

28 Aug 2019 09:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 28 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s 4x100 metre (m) female team comprising of Tjipekapora Herunga, Jolene Jacobs, Beatrice Masilingi and Globine Mayova reached the finals of the women’s event at the African Games (AG).
During the preliminaries of the 4x100m held on Tuesday evening at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, the team clocked a time of 45.61 seconds to finish second in heat one behind South Africa at 45.54 seconds in first place while Kenya came third in a time of 45.75 seconds.
Meanwhile the men’s 4x100m team failed to progress to the finals of the championships after finishing sixth in their heat.
Chenoult Coetzee, Gilbert Hainacu, Dantago Gurirab and Sydney Kamuaruuma were three seconds off the pace setup by the winners Ghana who crossed the line in a time of 38.80 seconds.
The Namibian team only managed to run in 41.03 seconds.
Team manager Berthold Karumendu expressed to Nampa shortly after the race that he was happy with the Namibian team’s dedication and determination at the games thus far.
“I am happy to say that we have a women's relay team in the finals. Beatrice (Masilingi) also made the finals in the 400m.
The competition at these championships is really tough and our athletes are trying their level best to represent their country very well but it’s difficult because all the best athletes in Africa who compete at European championships are also here,” he stressed.
Karumendu further said, at the moment they do not expect a medal from Masilingi as the championships are being used as an eye opener for her for future international competitions as well as preparations for the 2020 youth games.
The final of the 4x100m are set to take place on Wednesday evening at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.
Another Namibian athlete who also competed on the day was triple jumper Roger Heitengi who finished in fourth place with a jump of 16.33m. Hugues Zango of Burundi won the gold medal with a jump of 16.88m.