1 February 2013

Namibia: Athletics Grand Prix in Swakopmund

TOMORROW will see the third and final leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix taking place at the Swakopmund Stadium.

A total of 280 athletes have registered to take part in the prestigious event.

The athletes will be using the Grand Prix as an opportunity to qualify for the World Championships in August.

The first and the second legs collectively attracted over 500 athletes and had a total of N$106 700 in prize money, whilst the third leg will boast an additional N$57 300 in prize money.

Lavinia Haitope, who has emerged as the Grand Prix champion in the 1 500m and 3 000m, will once again make her presence known, while Basilius Karupu will look to defend his 400m title.

Namibia's Most Improved Sportsperson of the Year, Globine Mayova, will be looking to improve her time in the 400m and 200m as she keeps her eyes focused on qualifying for the World Championships, while Namibian Sportswoman of the Year Helalia Johannes will also make an appearance at the third leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix. Johannes will use the competition as part of her training programme for upcoming international competitions later in February.

"Our athletes are keen and have been training very hard to prepare for our upcoming National Championships and the World Championships," said Alna Similo, senior vice president of Athletics Namibia.

"We are confident that many will put in good performances and hopefully qualify for the World Championships," she added.

The third leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix will take place from 09h00 to 15h00 at the Swakopmund Stadium. Entrance is free.

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