The third and final leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix ended on a high note on Saturday February 2 in Swakopmund when 280 athletes competed in the prestigious competition.
Caroline Kutzner who was celebrated her 16th birthday on the day set a new national record in the women’s pole vault event after vaulting to a height of 2.22m.
She improved on the previous record of 2.10m that was set by Fienie Theron in 1998.
Globine Mayova took the sprint double in the women’s 100m and 200m with times of 11.78 and 24.39 respectively, while Hijivirue Kaanjuka was victorious in the men 100m (10.72) and 200m (21.40).
Namibia’s Sportswoman of the Year, Helalia Johannes set a high standard to her 2013 athletic year when she finished tops in the women’s 5000m run.
Johannes used the event as speed training for her upcoming participation at the Tokyo Marathon later this month.
Notable performances were also set in the middle distance events by Daniel Nghipandulwa who reigned supreme in the men’s 800m (1:49.36) and 1500m (3:49.62) events, while Lavinia Haitope retained her Grand Prix titles over the same distances with times of 2:09.48 and 4:25.85 respectively.
The Bank Windhoek Grand Prix was the last opportunity for the athletes to show their mettle ahead of the Senior Track and Field Championships slated for February 22 and 23.
The total prize money over the three leg series amounted to N$164 000 through the generous sponsorship of Bank Windhoek.