Thomas and Haitope win Navachab half-marathon

14 Sep 2019 13:20pm
KARIBIB, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian Correctional Service’s athlete Reinhardt Thomas and Lavinia Haitope of the Namibia Police Force were on Saturday crowned champions of the sixth edition of the annual Navachab Gold Mine half-marathon in Karibib.
Thomas came first in a time of one hour, six minutes and two seconds (1:06:02), beating Simon Paulus who came second in 1:06:04, while last year’s winner Kefas Kondjashili this time around came in third place in 1:09:01.
The women's category saw Lavinia Haitope retaining the title she won for the past two consecutive years in a time of 1:16:05, followed by Alina Armas of the Namibia Defence Force in second place in a time of 1:18:01 while Anna Amutoko was third in 1:19:03.
Over 500 athletes from Khomas, Omaheke, Zambezi, Kavango East and West Regions and the host Erongo participated in this year's event.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Thomas said this was the first time he won the Navachab half-marathon event.
“The route was flat and easy while going but was a bit tough when we came back because the wind was really strong and kept pushing us back. But I am happy I won the title for the first time while in the same event as the defending champion,” he said.
Haitope, who won the women's race, said she did not have much of a challenge as she ran her own individual race like last year.
“The wind was really strong today and it was cold in the morning. At two-kilometres I started breaking away from the group and had my own race. My goal now is to keep fit for the Spar marathon to be held in the North and also compete in the street mile in Omaruru,” she said.
Race director and regional sports officer for Erongo, Berthold Karumendu was satisfied with the outcome of the race.
“In terms of logistics, everything went accordingly, even though we did not have all the best athletes in the country in the 21.1km race because most of them competed in the 5km run,” he said.