Namibia’s Helaria wins big




Johannes lead the race right from the start and covered the 10km in a career best time of 32 minutes and 28 seconds (32:28). South Africa’s Louisa Leballo (33:11) was runner-up, ahead of Zimbabwe’s Sharon Tavengwa (33.24).

Johannes clocked her previous best of 33:42 in Scotland earlier in the year.

“I think I would have run a faster time had I not developed a cramp in my hamstring muscles at seven kilometres. Nevertheless, I am very happy to have improved my career best by over a minute. It increases my chances of being invited to major races overseas,” says a delighted Johannes.

Her coach Erwin Naimhwaka says this has been a successful year for his charge.

“In Namibia Helaria has no real competition. Competing in Scotland and now South Africa enables us assess whether she is improving. What’s more, the prize money is her main source of livelihood,” say Naimhwaka.

“Next year Hilaria will continue to seek opportunities to compete internationally as she prepares to realise her goal of competing at the Beijing Olympics in 2008,” Naimhwaka revealed.

Selected results

PB denotes Personal Best

Men:

1 Boy Soke (South Africa) 28:39

2 Tshamano Setone (South Africa) 28:45

3 Enos Matalane (South Africa) 28:48

4 Kanie Simons (South Africa) 28:56

5 Lukertz Swartbooi (Namibia) 28:56

6 Theko Mpolokeng (South Africa) 28:59

7 Motsamai Motone (South Africa) 29:00

8 Steven Mokoka (South Africa) 29:02

9 Coolboy Ngamole (South Africa) 29:10

10 Nkosinnoxolo Sonqibido (SA) 29:11

Women:

1 Helaria Johannes (Namibia) 32:28 PB

2 Louisa Leballo (South Africa) 33:11

3 Sharon Tavengwa (Zimbabwe) 33.24

4 Ronel Thomas (South Africa) 33:25

5 Poppy Mlambo (South Africa) 33.55

6 Rene Kalmer (South Africa) 33.56

7 Tebogo Mashela (South Africa) 34:45

8 Gloria Baeba (South Africa) 34:46

9 Zintle Xiniwe (South Africa) 34:51

10 Tabitha Tsatsa (Zimbabwe) 34.58

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