Sunday, April 14, 2024

Namibia: Massive Shocks and Upsets At Grand Prix II


Some huge upsets have been recorded at Athletics Namibia’s second Grand Prix of the season at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Saturday, whereas there have been additionally shocks off the observe with the occasion sponsors, the Pupkewitz Basis, making an attempt to ban Namibia’s media from taking images on the occasion.

The standout efficiency of the meet belonged to the 20-year-old Coenraad Kuhn of the Quinton Steele Botes Athletics Membership (QSBAC), who equalled the oldest report on the Namibian report books, when he received the lads’s shot put with an excellent throw of 17,10m. That equalled Derreck Wiggill’s longstanding report that was set practically 55 years in the past on 19 April 1969.

Kuhn’s good efficiency was, nevertheless, soured by some heavy-handed officers who tried to ban Namibia’s journalists from taking images.

Vernon Hugo of the Pupkewitz Basis mentioned that they had obtained unique rights to broadcast the occasion via their broadcast companion Tv2Namibia and that different media homes weren’t allowed on the sector to take images. The president of Athletics Namibia, Erwin Naimwhaka later deferred questions, saying that the occasion organiser Bethold Karumendu may reply, however Karumendu couldn’t be reached for remark.

The incident put a dampener on an in any other case good athletics occasion that produced a number of shocks on the observe.

The boys’s 400m was probably the most anticipated races with nationwide report holder Mahmad Bock and Ivan Danny Geldenhuys beginning because the favourites, however ultimately the younger unheralded Elton Hoeseb of QSBAC pipped them to the road to take the gold medal in a brand new private finest time of 46,52 seconds, which broke his earlier finest by greater than a second.

Bock needed to accept the silver medal with a time of 47,10 seconds, whereas Geldenhuys got here third in 47,24.

The ladies’s 400m additionally produced an upset as Napuumue Hengari of Unam Athletics Membership beat the pre-race favourites, Nandi Vass and Tuuliki Angala to the road.

Hengari and Angala hit the house straight neck-and-neck and after giving it their all, Hengari crossed the ending line in a brand new private finest time of 57,23 seconds, with Angala coming second in 57,55 and Vass third in 58,21.

The women and men’s sprints have been, nevertheless, dominated by Gilbert Hainuca of Nust Welwitchia 77 Athletics Membership and Ndawana Haitembu of Golden Cheetahs Athletics Membership each doing the double.