The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Iyambo Retains Rössing Title

PAULUS Iyambo of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) retained his Rössing National Marathon Championship title with a new personal best time of two hours, 18 minutes and 16 seconds on Saturday.

Simon Shipingana and Reonard Namupala, also from the NDF, finished second and third respectively.

"I have to give credit to the whole NDF team. We always train together and help to pace each other whilst we're out there competing. I know that I am in for a tough race whenever we run together," a relaxed-looking Iyambo said after the race.

"Thank you to my coach for his guidance and Rössing Uranium deserves praise for creating such a competitive platform for us to show our talent," he said.

In the women's open category, Alina Armas, also running for the NDF, became a first time winner in the Rössing Marathon.

She took gold in a time of 2:35:53, followed by Ndeshimona Ekandjo in second and Ottillie Aimuata in third place.

The event - with the theme 'Champion Your Health, Champion your Fitness' - was hosted by the Swakop Striders Athletics Club in Swakopmund and sponsored by Rössing Uranium for the 22nd consecutive year.

The main race drew 95 competitors while an additional 144 runners participated in the 10km event, which saw Namibian Police athlete Jeremia Shailiaxwa win the men's category in a time of 31 minutes and 18 seconds.

Beata Naigombo won the 10km women's category for the second year in a row with a time of 34:18.

The men's open and women's open marathon winners each received N$10 000 cash and a bonus of N$20 000 - aimed at supporting the two athletes for the remainder of the season.

"The Rössing Marathon presents Namibian long-distance runners with an excellent opportunity to prepare and qualify for the premier South African long-distance competitions in the following months. Rössing is proud to be involved in the shaping of our Namibian athletes and thus creating ambassadors for healthy lifestyles all over the country and beyond," Rössing's general manager of human resources, Melissa Shanjengange, said at the prize-giving ceremony.

She added that the company would continue to sponsor the event for the foreseeable future.

The 5km charity fun walk in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia attracted walkers from as far as the United Kingdom and Brazil.

Prizes were given in various categories of the walk - including the youngest walker, who was four years old, while the oldest was aged 72. A fun prize for the shortest walker was also handed out.

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