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Paddy Murphy retained his title as overall winner of the FNB Ultra Desert Triathlon on Saturday 3 December, showing again why he is a world class athlete. He completed the ultra triathlon consisting of a 1.9km swim, 90 km cycle and 21.5km run, in a time of 5 hours 8 minutes 43 seconds. Elke Jagua was the overall female winner in a time of 6:43:52.
The weather conditions made the race extremely hard. The swiming conditions were aggravated by unusual choppy water in the Mole, as well as a slight rip.
Namibia crashed out of the Cosafa U20 Youth Championships in Botswana on Tuesday evening in a dramatic 4-3 defeat against Angola.
With 30 minutes remaining Namibia seemed set for a semifinal spot when they led 3-1, but the match turned on its head when Angola were awarded a penalty and Namibian defender Okeri Maekopi was red carded for excessive protestations.
Angola immediately capitalised, scoring three goals to win the match and book a place in the semifinals of the competition, where they will meet Malawi.
Namibia staged a great comeback to beat Malaysia 44-42 to record their first win at the Nations Cup Netball Tournament in Singapore on Tuesday.
Both Namibia and Malaysia were looking for their first wins after losing their opening matches against Papua New Guinea (47-55) and Fiji (61-37) respectively.
Namibia played their first three quarters with their youngest player, 16-year-old Nelandre Mostert as the goal shooter who was supported by captain Jatjinda Kambatuku.
Namibia beat Madagascar 3-1 in a Pool D match at the Metropolitan Cosafa U20 Championships in Botswana on Monday to keep their hopes alive of reaching the semifinals.
Namibia seemed to be cruising when they took a 3-0 lead shortly after halftime, but the islanders made a great comeback and may count themselves unfortunate not to have got something from the game.
Petrus Shitembi handed Namibia the lead on 35 minutes, before he added a second with an excellent free-kick just before halftime.
Namibia lost their first match of the Nations Cup Netball Tournament 47-55 to Papua New Guinea in Singapore on Monday.
The Namibian team was behind 30-20 at halftime but managed to come back in the second half winning the fourth quarter 18-12 but could not hold out for a win.
“We had a very good game, it was quite physical. We really enjoyed it – it was a good game. We improved especially in the last quarter,” Namibian captain Jatjinda Kambatuku said.
Namibian inline hockey teams excelled at the recent Hong Kong Inline Hockey Cup, winning one gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
The competition, which is the largest invitational tournament in Asia, took place from November 17 to 27 and Namibia was represented by two federation and two club teams.
Namibia excelled in the Women’s Open category where they won both the gold and the silver medal, after the two club sides Coastal Pirates and the Badgers progressed to the final.
Namibian swimmers won three more medals on the final day of the African Junior Championships in Nigeria on Sunday to bring their total medal haul to 14 for the four-day event.
It was Namibia’s best-ever performance at the Junior African Championships, shattering their previous best of four bronze medals in 2005.
On Sunday, Christine Briedenhann won a silver medal in the Girls 15-16 year 100m freestyle in a time of 59,67 seconds.
Namibia will play their first match of the Nations Cup Netball Tournament against Papua New Guinea on Monday in Singapore.
Papua New Guinea are ranked 17 in the world while Namibia are the lowest ranked nation at the tournament at 24.
The coach of the Namibian team, Marcha Myburg said they were delighted at being invited to play in the tournament.
“This is our second time at the Nations Cup and we’re delighted to be here. Our toughest opposition this week will be Fiji and Singapore we expect,” Myburg said.
Namibia take on Madagascar in a must-win match in Group D at the Metropolitan Cosafa U20 Soccer Championships in Botswana on Monday.
Namibia drew their first match 1-1 against Zimbabwe on Friday. Hendrik Somaeb put Namibia ahead in the first half, but Zimbabwe equalised in the second half.
Angola are currently leading Group D on 3 points after beating Madagascar 1-0, while Namibia and Zimbabwe are both on 1 point. A draw could still give them a place in the semifinals, depending on the other results, but a defeat will virtually end their chances.
Kwazulu Natal Inland comfortably beat Namibia by 68 runs in their CSA One Day Challenge match in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
Kwazulu Natal posted a commanding 301/6 off their 50 overs and then bowled Namibia out for 233 in 41 overs to clinch the match.
Stephan Myburgh led the way for the hosts with a fine century before he was dismissed by Bernard Scholtz for 105 off 104 balls.
Myburgh received fine support from Devon Conway (44 off 44 balls) and Glen Addicott who was not out on 61 off 74 balls.