New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Grand Prix Athletics Tri-Series in Final Leg

Swakopmund — The coastal town of Swakopmund is to host the 3rd and decisive final leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix Athletics tri-series at the Swakopmund Stadium tomorrow.

So far, 280 athletes have registered for the prestigious event and will vie for top honours, while at the same time using the Grand Prix as an ideal opportunity to qualify for the World Championships scheduled for August later this year.

The 1st and 2nd legs collectively attracted over 500 athletes competing for a total of N$106 700 in prize money, while the decisive final leg will add an additional N$57 300 to the pot.

Lavinia Haitope has emerged as the Grand Prix champion in the 1500m and 3000m events and will once again be expected to make her presence felt in tomorrow's proceedings, while sprinter Basilius Karupu will look to defend his 400m crown.

Namibia's Most Improved Sportsperson of the Year Globine Mayova will be out to improve her time in the 400m and 200m races respectively, with a determined eye on qualifying for the World Championships.

Reigning Sportswoman of the Year Helalia Johannes will also be in action in a bid to sharpen her fitness level ahead of international competitions later this month.

"Our athletes are keen and have been training very hard to prepare for all upcoming national and world championships events," boasted Alna Similo, Senior Vice-President of Athletics Namibia (AN). "We are confident that many athletes will put in great performances and hopefully qualify for the world championships."

The 3rd leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix Athletics starts from 09h00 until 15h00 at the Swakopmund Stadium. Entrance is free.

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