Iita, Helaria, dominate Victory races

Iita, Helaria, dominate Victory races

REINHOLD Iita and Helaria Johannes retained their Old Mutual Victory Races titles when they won the senior men and women’s categories in Windhoek on Saturday.

Iita, one of the country’s most prolific long-distance runners, won all three legs in the series, while Johannes won two of the three events. Johannes this year represented Namibia at the All Africa Games, but did not have much success as she lost track of the original route during the race.Both are gunning for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China, next year.In the men’s race, Johannes Naitembu and Leonard Namupala gave Iita a run for his money and it was only with about 7 km of the 21 km race remaining that Iita could shake off their challenge.Iita won the event in a time of 1 hour 6 minutes 41 seconds, with Naitembu coming second in 1:07,49 and Namupala third in 1:09,36.Johannes won the women’s race in 1:15,45, followed by Helena Iipinge (1:18,48) and Beata Naigambo (1:25,01).One of the highlights of the race was the performance of 16-year-old Lavinia Haitope.She went on to win the Women’s Under-19 category in a time of 1:18,33 the second fastest time overall and well ahead of Kornelia Kosmos, who finished second in the U19 category in a time of 1:25,40.Edward Kawanivi won the Male Under-19 category in 1:10,20, while Daniel Nghipandulwa came second.Eliaser Tobias won the Masters category for men over 40 in a time of 1:16,00, followed by Daniel Shikudule (1:17,48) and Gideon Gawaxab (1:2,49).Namibia SportJohannes this year represented Namibia at the All Africa Games, but did not have much success as she lost track of the original route during the race.Both are gunning for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China, next year.In the men’s race, Johannes Naitembu and Leonard Namupala gave Iita a run for his money and it was only with about 7 km of the 21 km race remaining that Iita could shake off their challenge.Iita won the event in a time of 1 hour 6 minutes 41 seconds, with Naitembu coming second in 1:07,49 and Namupala third in 1:09,36.Johannes won the women’s race in 1:15,45, followed by Helena Iipinge (1:18,48) and Beata Naigambo (1:25,01).One of the highlights of the race was the performance of 16-year-old Lavinia Haitope.She went on to win the Women’s Under-19 category in a time of 1:18,33 the second fastest time overall and well ahead of Kornelia Kosmos, who finished second in the U19 category in a time of 1:25,40.Edward Kawanivi won the Male Under-19 category in 1:10,20, while Daniel Nghipandulwa came second.Eliaser Tobias won the Masters category for men over 40 in a time of 1:16,00, followed by Daniel Shikudule (1:17,48) and Gideon Gawaxab (1:2,49).Namibia Sport

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