Athletics Namibia hosts first leg of Regional Club Challenge

Athletics Namibia (AN) has successfully hosted the first leg of the Regional Club Challenge this past weekend at Veneta Sports Fields, Swakopmund. 

Athletes have started this year’s first leg with great enthusiasm and have shown a great deal of competiveness, said the president of AN, Erwin Naimhwaka.

“It was a great performance by the athletes. All the athletes and clubs showed up for the first leg. We have witnessed great performances by all the junior and senior athletes. Athletes have shown discipline and interest in athletics as usual by displaying outstanding performances in every item that was scheduled for the day,” he said. 

He added that AN competitions are getting bigger and better every year and a lot is to be harvested from this year’s competition by athletes.

This event has been made possible by Coca Cola who has been a reliable supporter and partner of Athletics Namibia through thick and thin, the president added.

“Even when the economic circumstances are not favorable, they have maintained their commitment to athletics and sport in general in Namibia. Athletics Namibia is committed to strengthening our relationship with Coca Cola through the Coca Cola regional club challenge. We hope to grow the event to all corners of Namibia and reach out to as many Namibian youth and athletes through the support by Coca Cola. Other corporate Namibia are welcome to come on board and support our youth and athletes,” he said. 

In the women’s 100-meter dash finals, Jolene Jacobs of Welwitschia scooped the first spot 77, by running 12.09 seconds. She was followed by her team mate Mberihonga Kandovazu running 12.84 seconds in the second place while Marchadrv Hedricks of Strider Track and Field came on the third best running her personal best time of 13.34 seconds. 

In the men’s 100-meter dash event, Even Tjiviju of Namibia Correctional Services gave a dominant performance by winning in a time of 11.03 seconds with Tomas Ndunge of Future Energy Luderitz in the second place finishing at 11.10 seconds.

The third place was scooped by Ismael Tjiramba of Unam Athletics Club with 11.14 seconds.

Women’s 400-meter hurdles event saw Perpetua Simataa of Striders Track and Field coming first place in a time of 1: 12: 39 followed by Chantelle Louw and Cindy Huber both from the Windhoek Hochland Sports in the second and third places running recording times of 1:12:39 and 1:15: 76 respectively. 

 In the men’s 800 meter run event Daniel Nghipandulwa topped at 1: 57: 64 followed by David with time of 1:57 94 while Eugen Krandenburg come in the third place recording time of 1: 59 26. 

Ryan Williams of Windhoek Hochland Sport also topped in the men’s Discus throw, recording a throwing distance of 35. 447 meters. Clark Seibeb of Omaruru Athletic club recorded a distance throw of 31.72 meters while Dirk Potgieter recorded a distance throw of 31.97 meters. 

Karlien Botha recorded 35.47 meters taking the first place; Conette Smith came in second place with a throw of 31.72 meters and Hildrid Mouton came in the third place with a distance throw of 26.00 meters. 

In men’s Shot Put event Ryan William once again come out on top with a distance throw of 13.55 meters; Clark Seibeb with a throwing distance of 11.38 meters in second place and Felix Makubi in third place recording a distance throw of 11.32 meters.

The Women’s Shot Put event saw Conette Smith topping her opponents, recording a distance throw of 10.09 meters; while Karlien Botha came in at second place with a distance throw of 9.47 meter. Maria Eele come in third with a distance throw of 8.64 meters. 

The Men’s Long Jump event was won by Sandro Diergaardt while Emmanuel Samantu came in second place. 

The Women’s Long Jump event was won by Jesse Joseph with Bianca Manuel and Globine Mayova claiming the second and third positions respectively. 

The Men’s and Women’s High Jump event was won by Emmanuel Samantu and Maria Grunak.

The 2nd leg of the regional club challenge is scheduled to take place on 17 February in Oshakati, Oshana region.