Namibia: Mayova sets 100m national record in Germiston.

Globine Mayova continued her excellent form of late when she broke the Namibian 100m record at the Central Gauteng Provincial Championships in Germiston, South Africa.

She won the 100m in a new record time of 11.34 seconds to break her former record of 11.54 which she set last year. It was also Mayova’s second national record within a week after she set a new 200m record of 23.34 in Pretoria the previous weekend.

Competing at the Central Gauteng Provincial Championships in Germiston, Mayova had the Gauteng crowd on the edge of their seats as she dominated both the 100m and 200m races.

Both races were a head to head contest between Mayova and her South African training partner Alyssa Conely. Conely had the better start in both races but Mayova showed her class with her strong finish, as she won in 11.34 in the 100m despite facing a head wind, while Conely came second in 11.60.

Mayova did the same in the 200m as she powered down the home straight to win in 23.47, with Conely coming second in 23.72.

Mayova’s 100m time was well inside the Commonwealth qualifying time of 11.40 and she was clearly overjoyed with the result.

“I really didn’t expect such a fast time in the head wind. Last year this time I was running 11.9 and look where I am now, I’m so close to the World Championships qualifying time of 11.30 seconds. This really gives me confidence for the next races and I can’t wait,” she said.

Mayova thanked her training partners Conely and Tjipe Herunga for their hard work and strong competition.

“I know this is because me, Tjipe and Alyssa really pushed each other hard in training, it’s like a competition out there every day. Coming into the races I knew Alyssa could beat me because she has been just so much better in training. I really had to focus and change a gear and that’s why I am really over the moon, and thanks to them I did it,” she added.

Hitjivirue Kaanjuka did the same as he clearly showed that he is a class above the rest as he won both 100 and 200m races in10.55 and 20.83 respectively.

Tjipekapora Herunga and Ernst Narib made sure Nambians won all sprinting events as Herunga won the women’s 400m in a fast 52.96 while Narib won the men’s 400 in 48.06, with compatriot Even Tjiviju second in 48.60.

In other events Claudia Moses came second in the 800m in 2:15.22; Marceline Tom came third in the long jump with a personal best distance of 5.49m; Rodger Haitenge won the men’s triple jump in 15.97m; and Lilanie Klaasman came second in the 100m hurdles in 15.36.
Paralympic athletes showed they were in great shape as Ananias Shikongo and Elias Ndimulunde both clocked A standard qualifications for the World Championships in Lyon France.

Shikongo ran the 400 in 54.21, well inside the 56.30 required for France and Ndimulunde ran impressively to win his 200m heat as he clocked a personal best time of 23.37 inside the 23.45 required.

Albertina  Johannes ran the 200 in 30.56 just outside the 30.00 required for France. This put them in good shape as they joined up with the rest of the Namibian team for the Nedbank Paralympic Championships this weekend in Pretoria.

Coach Letu Hamhola expressed satisfaction with the performances of the athletes.

“As a coach I have set personal goals with each and every athlete and when I see one national record, one commonwealth standard, two A standard performances for the Paralympic World Champs, five Personal Best performances and 12 season’s best performances I know we are moving in the right direction. We will continue working harder and will pick up the training level and definitely come out flying in the next competition,” he said.

“It shows once again that we have top class athletes here that are hungry for success and it gives us the coaching, management and medical team the pleasure to work with all of them,” he added.

The rest of the group will compete in Pretoria this weekend while four of the athletes Mayova (100m), Herunga (400m), Kaanjuka (200m) and Narib (400m) have been invited to compete in the Mauritius International Meet on 18 April 2013.

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