Erongo hosts national athletes

Athletes from all over the country were in action in Swakopmund.

09 March 2020 | Sports

Leonie van Rensburg, Competition Director; “It was the first time in a very long time that we had such a quality meet.”

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The Athletics Namibia Crystal Gold Grand Prix took place in Swakopmund, with athletes fighting to qualify for the national athletics competition.

Chrislene Klein-Nienaber once again did the Erongo region proud, with a first place in the women’s high jump. She also won a silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles and the women’s long jump event. Her leap of 4.91ms was just 3cm short of Frieda Ithete who pocketed the gold.

Beatrixe Masilingi clinched both the women’s 200m and 400m events.

The Windhoek-based athlete Christine Mbonga won gold in the women’s 800m, silver for the 400m and a bronze medal in the women’s 200m.

Tuane Silver and Karlien Botha, both from the capital, gave each other some tough competition in the women’s shotput event. Silver eventually took gold for her distance of 11.97m. Botha followed on her heels with a distance of 11.37m. However, she made amends and pushed Silver into second place with a throw of 39.31m in the discus event.

Swakop Striders athlete Adri van der Merwe pocketed bronze with a 25.98m throw and earned a silver medal for javelin with a distance of 29.2m. Wilmé Els took first place, with a winning distance of 36.99 m.

Annanias Shikongo conquered the men’s 100m in 11.77s, followed by Swakopmund para-athlete, Bradley Murere in 11.90s ahead of Tangeni Ashipala in third position in 12.19s.

Murere and Ashipala both fall in the T 46 category for athletes with a single above or below the elbow amputation.

Ashipala took gold in the 200m race in a time of 24.43 seconds.

Dawid Dam of Omaruru Athletics Club, Simon Paulus (Namibia Correctional Services) and Thomas Shigwedha (Namibia Correctional Services) battled it out in the men’s long distance races.

Dam was victorious in the 800m and 1500m distances followed by Paulus and Shigwedha.

Paulus took first place in the 5000m race with Shigwedha hot on his heels and in the absence of Dam.

Ludwig Huber from Windhoek took gold in both the discus and javelin events for men, with Swakop Strider athlete Dian Neethling settling for second in javelin.

Competition director Leonie van Rensburg said she is grateful for the efforts of the athletes and thanked the main sponsor of the successful event.

“It was done very well. It was the first time in a long time that we had such a quality meet,” she says.