Thomas, Armas victorious

Old Mutual Victory race a hit

18 August 2019 | Sports

Windhoek • Limba Mupetami
The electrifying 19th edition of the Old Mutual Victory was won by Reinhold Thomas and Alina Armas in the respective men and ladies’ categories in the capital.
The seasoned marathoners took on the 21 km race on the Daan Viljoen road in thrilling fashion despite the cold weather on Saturday morning.
Thomas, who regularly participates in the race, run a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Afterwards he said that it was a tough course but that he had managed to hold on for a win as he was followed closely by Simoni Paulus, who finished hot on his heels in a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 22 seconds. Third spot went to Simon Shipingana in a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 57 seconds.
Thomas said both these runners gave him a run for his money. “I think my fitness levels helped because I have been training really hard for this race ahead of the 2019 World Championships which take place in Doha, Qatar, in September and October,” he said.
In the ladies’ category, Armas completed the course in a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 59 seconds. She too said that the course was tough but proper training and planning helped her take first place.
Anna Amutoko, who ran a time of 1 hour, 27 minutes and 9 seconds, followed in second place ahead of Shivomwene Shilongo in third in a time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 58 seconds.

Taking stock
According to Ndangi Katoma, marketing, communication and customer executive at Old Mutual, over the years the Victory Race has seen series taking place in Oshakati, Swakopmund, and Keetmanshoop and eventually the finale in Windhoek. However, the company has taken stock to review and assess how best it can serve the running community through the race in future.
Katoma, who also participated on Saturday, said that it was not easy but that he is proud of the participant’s efforts. He urged those who entered to again take part in next year’s 20th edition of the event, when Old Mutual will be celebrating its centenary.

Winners
Apart from the above-mentioned athletes, other prizes in the respective first, second and third positions went to:
10 km men: Male: Thomas Shigwedha, Nalukaku Asser and Sakalia Tangeni.
10 km ladies: Martha Shivolo, Rauna Eelu and Victoria Kaliteka.
5 km men: Elia Uugwanga, Jekonia Ndakola and Jesaya Matheus.
5 km ladies: Ester Haitope, Mwedhamekange Indileni and Victoria Shapwa

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