Bank Windhoek Grand Prix to conclude in Windhoek on Saturday

Reigning sprint champion, Jesse Urikhob in action / Photo Credit: Namibia Sport

The Athletics Namibia’s 2012 year plan will kick off this weekend with the third and final leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix.

Over 230 athletes have registered to be part of the event which will take place on Saturday 14th January 2012 at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

The first two legs of the Grand Prix took place in Oshakati on the 19th November 2011 and in Swakopmund on the 10th December 2012, where a total of 157 and 209 athletes competed in the respective towns.

The increased number of athletes for the third leg and an increase in the total amount of prize money (N$24 300) are all indicators for what is expected to be a spectacular finale to the three-leg series.

Current Bank Windhoek Grand Prix reigning champions Jesse Urikhob (100m & 200m), Johannes Skrywer (1500m & 5000m), Basilius Karupu (400m) and Charlene Engelbrecht (shotput & discus) will be up against tough competition once again when they attempt to defend their titles, whilst big names in Namibian athletics like Daniel Nghipandulwa, Roger Haitengi and Tjipekapora Herunga have also confirmed their attendance at the prestigious event.

Namibia’s 2011 Junior Sportswomen of the Year Suné Wittmann and Olympian Beata Naigambo will also make their presence known on Saturday when they compete in the javelin and 3000m run events respectively. Naigambo will be using the occasion to compete at the Grand Prix as preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“The Final Leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix this coming weekend will just be a foretaste of what is to come in the New Year,” remarked Frank Fredericks, president of Athletics Namibia.

He further added:

“We at Athletics Namibia are committed to providing increased number of competitions to our athletes to ensure that we are able to compete with the best around the world. Namibia definitely has talent and this will be proven on Saturday. We therefore ask all athletics enthusiasts to come and support the athletes.”

The final leg will take place at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Saturday 14th January 2012, starting at 09h00. Entrance to the general public is free. The Grand Prix is sponsored by Bank Windhoek and supported by Namibia Beverages.

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