With only 28 days to go before Rio2016 kicks off, participating countries are pulling all strings to get ready to compete on the international stage. The 2016 Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August.
While it will be business as usual for athletes with big names, Namibian Alina Armas will be making her maiden appearance with the national flag in the women’s 42 km marathon. The athlete from the Namibia Defence Force Club started her journey in athletics in 2011 and has slowly but surely run up the competitive podium, which earned her a Rio appearance.
Currently, on heavy training prior to the August games, Armas has indicated that this is more than just an appearance. “I should say I am happy to firstly represent my country. I look forward to improving my time and if God allows, I would, of course, aim for victory,” said the 32-year old athlete. Armas’ love for the track comes from the tender age of 13 when she first saw a trophy at home. Upon enquiring about the ownership of the trophy and learning that it belonged to her father, who was also a sports enthusiast, she has since promised her mother that she will be bringing more trophies home. She has participated in local competitions of which she started writing her name in the books of upcoming winners.
Her resume boasts of her appearance at the World Athletics Championships in Russia where she registered the 25 spot with a time of two hours 45 minutes and 09 seconds (2:45:9). She ran alongside teammate Beata Naigambo, Helalia Johannes and Leena Ekandjo. In addition to this, Armas, on numerous times, dominated local competitions including the Rössing Marathon Ladies category. “It is, of course, not an easy one. You have the whole world looking at you and your country with their fingers crossed hoping for victory. God is my guide and all I promise is to do my best,” said the starlet. According to one of the coaches of the Namibian athletes including Armas, who are currently on heavy training, the starlet has shown promising signs of good performance in the championships. “She is showing a good sign. Everything is going according to plan but we cannot predict so much because we are still in training,” said coach Robert Kaxuxuena.