Victory for Armas, Kauanivi

Rössing marathon delivers

09 February 2020 | Sports

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Alina Armas and Mynhardt Kauanivi emerged as the overall winners of the 29th edition of the Rössing Uranium Marathon.
Mynhardt completed the 42km race in 02:20:58, while Armas completed it in 02:41:02 in Swakopmund on Saturday.

This was the second win for Mynhardt, who also won the race in 2014.

“It’s great to win this race again. I’ve been training very hard and started preparing for the marathon in December. I decided I will run my own race and with my own pace.”

He is looking forward to competing at the Sanlam half marathon on Independence Day as well as a marathon in Botswana with qualification for the Olympics being his ultimate goal.

Armas pocketed her fifth win with victories in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (alongside her husband Reonard Namupala). “I’m very happy. It feels fantastic to win again and I really enjoyed the race.”

She suggested that the organisers should do more to ensure the safety of runners, particularly at turning points.

She thanked members of the Namibian Defence Force who gave her and all her colleagues sufficient time to prepare for the race. She is now looking for a race to improve her time to see if she can qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Her personal best time is 02:33:09.

During his keynote address delivered by Zhang Yiming, the Chinese ambassador to Namibia extended an invitation to marathon runners to compete in Chinese marathons.

More and more sport fans are participating in marathons in China. While running in China, Kenyan runner Mosses Mosop achieved a record-breaking time of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 19 seconds, which is the best marathon time recorded in China yet. I welcome all athletes to China to come and break this record.”

There were 700 entries, with 609 participants crossing the finish line at this year’s Rössing marathon. Participants could choose to do the 42, 21, 10 kilometer races or a 10km relay for uranium companies in the region.

A 5km fun walk was also hosted as a fundraiser for the Cancer Association of Namibia. This included a competition for most original costume, funniest hat, youngest walker (excluding toddlers in prams and pets), oldest walker, tallest walker and cutest pet walker.

The overall results for the marathon were as follow:

Male, 42 kilometer:
1.Mynhardt Kaunivi (02:20:58)
2.Simon Shipanga (02:22:15)
3.Pedro Mendoza (02:28:11)
4.Matheus Kadhingula (02:31:16)

Female, 42 kilometer:
1.Alina Armas (02:41:02)
2.Anna Amutokjo (02:44:21)
3.Leena Ekandjo (05:56:53)
4.Risa Dreyer (05:58:12)

Male, 21 kilometer:
1.Tomas Hilifa Rainhold (01:00:05)
2.Kefas Kondjashili (01:00:21)
3.Geson Koper (01:03:59)

Female, 21 kilometer:
1.Lavinia Haitope (01:12:48)
2.Chitoshi Felistus (01:16:43)
3.Helena Iipinge (01:21:12)

Male, 10 kilometer:
1.Daniel Paulus (30:01)
2.Jeremia Shaliasxwe (30:06)
3.Elia Uugwanga (30:39)

Female, 10 kilometer:
1.Shiivomwene Shilongo (36:07)
2.Indileni Mweshamekange (36:56:42)
3.Christabel Kunda (41:14)

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