Namibia sends trio to Budapest

Alina Armas will represent Namibian the women’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships. File photo

Namibia will have just three athletes at the 19th World Athletics Championships which get underway in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday.

The team leaves for Budapest today.

They are long distance runners Alina Armas and Tomas Rainhold, with long jump specialist Henout Lionel Coetzee set for his debut in the global competition.

Armas will compete in the women’s marathon on 26 August, while Rainhold goes in the men’s equivalent the day after.

Coetzee will be in action on 23 August when the men’s long jump qualifiers take place.

Team leader Belinda Oberholser and coach Paulus Iiyambo complete the team to represent Namibian at the 19-27 August athletics showpiece event.

“Erwin Naimwhaka, president of Athletics Namibia, will also be going as an invited delegate to the elective congress [on Thursday],” Athletics Namibia said in a statement.

The 54th World Athletics Congress will elect its president, four vice-presidents and 13 individual council members.

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