Swakopmund — Long distance runner Paulus Iyambo of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) successfully retained his title when he won the Rössing National Marathon Championships in a new personal best time of 2:18:16, on Saturday in Swakopmund.
Simon Shipingana (2:20:21) and Leonard Namupala (2:20:41), who are also from the NDF both finished in close 2nd and 3rd places.
Alina Armas became a first time winner when she took top spot in the ladies category in a time of 2:35:53 and was followed by Ndeshimona Ekandjo (2:45:28) and Ottillie Aimuata (2:54:08) in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
The event, which was hosted in Swakopmund by Swakop Striders Athletics Club and sponsored by Rössing Uranium for the 22nd consecutive year attracted more than 95 athletes. A total of 144 runners also participated in the 10km race held under the theme "Champion your Health, Champion your Fitness."
The Namibian Police athlete Jeremia Shailiaxwa took top honours in the 10km race in a time of 31-minues 18-seconds in the men's category, while Beata Naigombo won the 10km race in the ladies category for the second year in a row in a time of 34-minutes 18-seconds.
The men and ladies Open Marathon winners each took home a whopping N$10 000 on top of the N$20 000 additional development bonuses each. The development bonuses are aimed at supporting both athletes to continue developing into international athletes.
The fun-filled 5km Charity Fun Walk in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia managed to attract walkers from as far as the United Kingdom and Brazil. During the Fun Walk prize-giving ceremony, prizes were awarded in various categories, including for the youngest walker who was only four years old and the oldest walker who was 72 years of age as well as the shortest walker.