Johannes finish second in Johannesburg race

Johannes finish second in Johannesburg race

NAMIBIA’S long-distance runner Hilaria Johannes produced another exceptional performance when she came second in the women’s 10-km race of the Nedbank Johannesburg City Marathon in South Africa at the weekend.

The Namibian competed for South African club Harmony, and was beaten by Rodica Morianu who took the first place. Johannes competes for the Golden Cheetahs Club locally.She received a handsome N$5 000 for her hard work during the race, which she completed in less than two hours.Johannes, who is fast becoming one of the country’s most sought-after long- and middle-distance runners, also became the first Namibian to win the 2006 Two Oceans half marathon (21 km) in South Africa.The event was held over the Easter Weekend and Johannes stunned all when she arrived from Namibia to beat regular and more competitive runners of the event.Johannes (25) recently won the 1 500m event held over two legs as part of the IAAF Grand Prix meetings between Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.Johannes, a reserved person in general, but a competitive force in running, did not compete in Botswana over the weekend, a race that marked the last leg of the Grand Prix series.Her two wins already qualified her as the champion in the 1 500m event.She has been in the shadow of runners such as Rachel Akukotela and Beata Naigambo on the domestic front, but has showed her superiority in recent races, pipping her more senior counterparts at most of the domestic races.She has competed in virtually all domestic competitions since the beginning of the year, including the Frank Fredericks Invitational, and is expected to represent Namibia at the upcoming Zone Six Youth Games to be held here next month.He trademark fighting spirit and the hunger to win races currently places her as Namibia’s top middle- and long-distance runner for the 2006 season.She is coached by local middle-distance coach Erwin Naimhwaka.-Additional reporting by NampaJohannes competes for the Golden Cheetahs Club locally.She received a handsome N$5 000 for her hard work during the race, which she completed in less than two hours.Johannes, who is fast becoming one of the country’s most sought-after long- and middle-distance runners, also became the first Namibian to win the 2006 Two Oceans half marathon (21 km) in South Africa.The event was held over the Easter Weekend and Johannes stunned all when she arrived from Namibia to beat regular and more competitive runners of the event.Johannes (25) recently won the 1 500m event held over two legs as part of the IAAF Grand Prix meetings between Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.Johannes, a reserved person in general, but a competitive force in running, did not compete in Botswana over the weekend, a race that marked the last leg of the Grand Prix series.Her two wins already qualified her as the champion in the 1 500m event.She has been in the shadow of runners such as Rachel Akukotela and Beata Naigambo on the domestic front, but has showed her superiority in recent races, pipping her more senior counterparts at most of the domestic races.She has competed in virtually all domestic competitions since the beginning of the year, including the Frank Fredericks Invitational, and is expected to represent Namibia at the upcoming Zone Six Youth Games to be held here next month.He trademark fighting spirit and the hunger to win races currently places her as Namibia’s top middle- and long-distance runner for the 2006 season.She is coached by local middle-distance coach Erwin Naimhwaka.-Additional reporting by Nampa

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