AN Grand Prix out of the blocks

ON YOUR MARKS … The 2024 Pupke- witz-AN Grand Prix Series got off to a promising start at Swakopmund on Saturday. Photo: Athletics Namibia

THE season-opening Pupkewitz Foundation-AN Grand Prix at Swakopmund over the weekend has set the tone for a competitive series, Athletics Namibia (AN) says.

Set at the Vineta Stadium on Saturday, “this thrilling event showcased athletes vying for a coveted spot among the top 10 in both the men’s and women’s categories, while Para-athletes battled for a place in the top five for their respective genders,” AN stated in its event review.

The athletes’ performances were ranked utilising the World Athletics Scoring points and the IPC Scores for the Para athletics category.

A total of 215 athletes from 27 athletics clubs representing various regions of Namibia participated in the “exhilarating Grand Prix”.

The stand-out performers were Ndawana Haitembu in the women’s 100m, where she left the competition in her wake to post 11,94 seconds, and Elvis Gaseb who dominated the men’s 400m when winning in 47,29 seconds.

In Para athletics, Roodly Gowaseb claimed victory in the 5 000m, clocking in at 14 minutes and 35,72 seconds, with Lahjia Iipinge taking honours in the 400m inside 63,72 seconds,.
The quartet earned N$4 000 in prize money each.

They will look to maintain their strong start on 10 February when the second instalment of the Grand Prix Series takes place at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

“AN is immensely grateful to the Pupkewitz Foundation for their invaluable partnership in bringing the Grand Prix Series to life.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Pupkewitz BMW, our mobility partner for the Grand Prix Series,” stated AN.

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