Golbine Mayova leads Merlyn Diamond in the Women"s 100m on Saturday.
GLOBINE Mayova led the way at the Bank Windhoek National Athletics Championships over the weekend with a brilliant 200m run on Friday evening.
The championships got off to an inauspicious start as it started raining early on, and although the rain had stopped by the time the women's 200m came, conditions were far from ideal as the track was still wet.
Mayova however gave a great performance as she flew out of the starting blocks and burnt up the track to equal her national record of 23,39 seconds. Tjipe Herunga came second in 24,38 and Merlyn Diamond third in 24,66.
It was a great performance that thrilled the crowd, but her coach Letu Hamhola was not surprised.
"Her time was expected because she has been dedicated and committed. It's unfortunate because she still needs to run 23,30 to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow but I think we can make it. Unfortunately the rainy conditions spoilt it a little bit but she is in shape and I hope that we can qualify in the next few weeks," he said.
"Globine has so much talent and it's just a matter of time before it shines through. This year we will try and go for 22,90 because she made the finals at the African Champs and the All Africa Games, so she can definitely compete with the best in the world. We just need to break the 23-second barrier and then we will be able to compete with the best in the world," he added.
On Saturday, Mayova completed the double when she won the 100m in 11,84 seconds. Merlyn Diamond came second in 12,25 and Lena Noreses third in 12,62.
Hitjiverue Kaanjuka was also in great form to complete the men's sprint double.
On Friday he broke his personal best time of 20,80 to win the 200m in 20,69 seconds, which was just outside the Moscow qualifying time of 20,60. Adiel van Wyk came second in 21,25 and Even Tjiviju third in 21,26.
On Saturday he won the 100m in 10,37 seconds, with Ismael Tjiramba coming second in 10,71 and Jesse Urikhob third in 10,72.
"I didn't expect to run 20,67 for the 200m so that was quite a surprise and I want to thank coach Letu. In the 100m I was actually looking forward to go much faster than that but I felt a twitch in my muscle so I didn't go flat out," he said.
There was a fine rivalry between Lavinia Haitope and Klaudia Moses in the middle-distance events, with Moses winning the 800m in 2:17,12 just ahead of Haitope (2:17,53), while Haitope won the 1 500m in 5:00,50, with Moses second in 5:04,01.
There was also a good contest in the women's 10 000m with Beata Naigambo (36:08,56) beating Nangula Ekandjo (36:09,67) to the line.
Charlene Engelbrecht did the double in the women's field events, winning the discus with a great throw of 47,60m and the shot put in 13,30m, while Sune Wittmann won the javelin in 44,67m.
Ernst Narib won the men's 400m in a fast time of 46,83, beating Frank Puriza to the line, while Daniel Nghipandulwa did the double in the men's 800m (1:50,16) and 1 500m (3:57,66).
The men's 10 000m saw another close race as Mynhardt Kauanivi (31:45,81) beat Frans Hosea (31:46,48) to the line.
Wilhelm Rademeyer did the double in the men's shot put (14,16m) and the discus (34,66m), while Rodger Haitengi won the long jump in 7,15m and Solomon Tuaire the high jump in 1,95m.