Globline Mayova ran herself in to the record books as she ran her best ever 100m in 11.76 at an international athletics event in Mauritius on Saturday.
She came second behind Carima Louami of France who won the race in a time of 11.58.
The previous Namibian national record which was set in 1988 by Marian Basson stood at 11,73, but according to Athletics Namibia president Frank Fredericks that record will remain a ‘provincial’ record since it was set before Namibia’s independence in 1990.
In recent years Merlin Diamond also set a time of 11,70 seconds but that was a hand time.
Mayova could not contain her happiness after the race.
"I have made tremendous progress this year and my times keep improving. I know I can run much faster than this as I still want to make the Olympic qualifying standards in both the 100 and 200m. I have already qualified for the African Championships in Benin therefore, I hope with Vision 2016 we can still go to Europe and prepare for these championships,” she said.
Mayova also excelled in the 200m when she came second in a new personal best time of 23,77 seconds. This was one hundredth of a second faster than her previous best that she set at the Namibia National Championships on February 25.
In the men’s sprints, Namibia’s Hitjivirue Kaanjuka ended second in the 100m in 10,52 seconds, finishing behind Mosito Lehata of Lesotho who won the race in 10,45 seconds.
In the 200m, Kaanjuka came fifth in 21,29 seconds.
Letu Hamhola said that the management of Vision 2016 was very happy with the performances of the athletes.
“We believe we will still see a lot from these young athletes. We are very happy for Globine she has really been working hard this year and has become more mature. However this week we turn our attention to the Yellow Page in Pretoria and hope the conditions will be fine for good performances, as training has gone really well,” he said.
During the South African Senior Championships in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, Roger Haitenge ended third in the triple jump with a distance of 15.83, which is still few meters shy of the 16,00 required for the African Championships.
Charlene Engelbrecht came sixth in the discus with a season’s best of 45,56m and eighth in the shot put with 13,19m. Steffi van Wyk failed to make the final in the 100m hurdles as she only managed sixth place in 16,08m.