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Helalia Johannes: Our Sportsperson of the Year

Sun, 16 December 2012 19:08
by John Tuerijama

After a thorough sports analysis, it will only be befitting and fair to crown Helalia Johannes, the sportsperson of the year 2012.  Although, Johanna Benson has done equally well internationally, Johannes emerges top of our list.
The Villager is delighted to share her most thrilling moments in 2012.   Johannes who tied the knot in December  last year  to one of the country’s top rated boxers Japhet Uutoni, smashed the national record at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The athlete came 12th overall as she crossed the finishing line in 2: 26:09 seconds signalling her superiority nationally in the annual marathon history in the country.
The NDF runner clinched the Rossing Marathon for the second consecutive time beating her local rivals hands down. In September this year, Johannes marvelled the Namibian nation when she clocked 1:43.30 seconds   in the 30 kilometre race in London.
In October, Johannes ran the half marathon in 1:10:59 seconds in New Delhi, India.
Johannes has proven that that she is indeed Namibia’s golden girl and like our very own ‘gentleman of the track’ Frank Fredericks, she has put Namibia on the world map.
The long-distance queen once again walked away with the MTC/NSC Sportswoman of the Year Award beating another equally golden girl Johanna Benson.
Johannes became N$ 15 000 richer at glittering event held at the end of October this year.
According to ALL-Athletics world ranking Johannes is rated 48th in the world out of 497 long distance runners globally.
There are only two countries in Africa,Kenya and Ethiopia whose runners are dominating the top ten positions with only Tetyana Gamera from Ukraine who is in 8th place.
Although, Johannes is rated 48th in the world Johannes is determined and committed to improve on the time recorded this year come 2013.
In the world ranking Mary Jepkosgei from Kenya is at the summit of the ranking followed by Erlsa Tiri Gelana from Ethiopia in the second place, and Kenyan runner Prisca Jepto in the third place.
Kenyan runner Prisca Jepto is in third place.