Superstar Johannes win government praise

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Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - Namibia’s long-distance runner, Helalia Johannes’ stellar performances in the Spar Women's 10-kilometre Grand Prix series has been praised by the government.

Johannes registered her sixth victory out of six grand prix series in the final of the Spar Women's 10 km Challenge in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday where she won the race with a record time of 33 minutes 16 seconds and set a new Namibia record.

In all the six races, Johannes broke the record.

It’s a feat that has not gone unnoticed as the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, this week extended her warmest congratulations to Johannes for her magnificent victory on Sunday, 6 October 2019.

Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed her pride, adding that success only comes to those who make a true approach to get it.

“Johannes’s achievements have contributed to both sport and public diplomacy. 

“You know the hard work and dedication has a destination which is success.

“Your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring.  Best of luck with your future and congratulations for your achievements. Keep going,” she said.

At the age of 39, Johannes is still a superstar going strong as she still holds the Namibian records in the 10 km, 20 km, half marathon and marathon events.

Two weeks prior to the Spar 10 km grand finale, Johannes became the first female athlete to win a medal for Namibia at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

 

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