04 Jun 2013 13:00
WINDHOEK, 04 JUN (NAMPA) - Athletics Namibia scooped 12 medals at the Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region (CAASR) Senior Championships held in Gaborone Botswana this past weekend.
The 17-member delegation comprised of 13 athletes, three officials and one medic.
Namibia finished second overall after hosts Botswana, and scooped five gold, five silver and two bronze medals at the event, which was an official qualifying competition for the World Athletics Championships slated for Moscow, Russia in August this year.
Other countries that took part were Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Swaziland and Seychelles.
Athletics coach Letu Hamhola said during a media briefing here on Tuesday most of his athletes are young and a bit inexperienced, but they are promising.
Helalia Johannes outclassed her competitors and ran a new national record of 15 minutes and 44.53 seconds (15:44.53) in the 5 000 metres for women.
Lilani Klaasman also achieved a national record in the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.50 seconds.
Hamhola described the two athletes' performances as two great achievements.
He said Namibia's medal tally made the young athletes? efforts more worthwhile, considering that countries like Zambia and Zimbabwe - who Hamhola described as powerhouses - sent bigger and stronger delegations to the event.
Lavinia Haitope - 1 500m and 800m with times of 4:28.10 and 2:09.88, respectively
Roger Haitengi - triple jump with a distance of 15.86 metres.
Klaudia Moses (800m), Daniel Nghipandulwa (800m), Fred-Charles Pieterse (110m hurdles), women's 4x400m relay, Klaasman (400m hurdles).
Klaudia Moses (1 500m), men's 4x400m relay.