Windhoek - Namibia’s long-distance runner, Helalia Johannes, won big at the Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA), scooping the MTC Sports Star and sportswoman of the year but in a typical Johannes style, she was unable to collect her awards on the night because she was picking up a medal in China with another national record performance.
Instead of collecting her awards worth a combined R300 000 last Friday, Johannes was tearing apart the world military games in China, where she won a gold medal in a national record time of 15:14:23.
During the ceremony held in Ondangwa, coach Robert Kaxuxwena, who collected the awards on Johannes’ behalf, said: “She (Johannes) would have loved to be here but unfortunately she is in China, where she won gold in the world military games earlier today.”
Namibian citizens are running out of words to describe Johannes, who has been winning since the start of the year.
This year, Johannes became the first Namibian female athlete to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships (WAC) when she won bronze in Doha in September.
She also tore apart the Spar Women’s 10 km Challenge winning all consecutive six races.
Apart from winning many events this year, Johannes in 2018, won gold at the Commonwealth games.
“Her work is being recognized. She won’t stop now. She is an extraordinary athlete and I am proud of her,” Kaxuxwena said.