NAMIBIAN athletes put in some fine early season performances at the second leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix in Windhoek on Saturday.
Hitjiverue Kaanjuka of Welwitschia 77 Athletics Club was back to his best as he won the sprint double, taking gold in both the men's 100m and 200m.
He won the 100m final in 10,51 seconds, with Ismael Tjirambe coming second in 10,95 and Josep Lundulukeni third in 10,99. Kaanjuka also took the gold in the 200m final with a time of 21,08 seconds, ahead of Frank Puriza (21,27) and Even Tjiviju (21,45).
It was a great comeback by Kaanjuka who was beaten into second place in the 200m by Basilus Karupu at the first leg in Oshakati, and he said that performance spurred him on to win on Saturday.
"I woke up today feeling much better than I did at the first Grand Prix in Oshakati and I was ready for this one. I was sure I would win, I trained hard and even dreamt about it and from here on I think it will be easy steps moving on to a 10,1 or 10,2," he said.
"The Oshakati performance motivated me a lot for today's Grand Prix. My arm was injured so I could only use one arm and it was very difficult. It got me to realise that I'm not going to be the champ for ever and to beat Karupu in the 200m I would have to work much harder than I did before," he added.
Daniel Nghipandulwa dominated the men's middle-distance events, winning gold in the 800m and 1 500m. He won the 800m in 1:51,00, with Oskar Komeya coming second in 1:54,50 and Johan Shipopyeni third in 1:55,20, while he won the 1 500m in 3:57,77, with Komeya coming second in 4:02,70 and Johannes Skrywer third in 4:04,52.
Nghipandulwa also put up a good performance in the 400m where he won silver in 48,48, with national champion Basilus Karupu winning the gold medal in 47,78.
Lavinia Haitope of Kakadhinwa Athletics Club dominated the women's middle-distance events, winning three gold medals in the women's 800m, 1 500m and 3 000m events.
She won the 800m in 2:10,05, followed by Klaudi Nghihangwa of Oshakati in 2:14,78, while she won the 1 500m in 4:45,20, with Nangula Ekandjo of Oshakati coming second in 4:46,20 and Ndapandula Nghinaunye of Oshakati third in 5:07,80.
In the 3 000m, Haitope won in a time of 9:28,40, with Beata Naigambo of Nampol coming second in 10:04,60 and Nangula Ekandjo of Oshakati third in 10:09,80. With this time, Haitope is closing in on Naigambo's national record of 9:20,34.
Globine Mayova won the women's 200m in a fast time of 23,79 seconds, which was just 0,40 seconds off her national record.
Mayova's Welwitschia 77 team mate Allysa Conelly came second in 24,23 while Tjipe Herunga of Nampol came third in 24,44.
Mayova was also a comfortable winner in the women's 400m, taking the gold medal in a time of 57,63 seconds, with Salmi Nduuviteko of Oshakati coming second in 59,02.
Charlene Engelbrecht did the double in the women's shot put and discus events, winning the former with a distance of 12,14m and the latter with a distance of 44,78m.
There were also good performances by Basilus Karupu who won the men's 400m in 48,17; FC Pieterse who won the men's 110m hurdles in 14,70; Kevin Mieze who won the men's high jump in 1,94m; Adiel van Wyk, who won the men's long jump in 7,10m; and Allysa Conelly who won the women's 100m in 12,46.