By Staff Reporter
One of the country’s top female marathon runners Lavinia Haitope expressed excitement after winning a silver medal in the 21km race Sal Island, Cape Verde on 16 June 2019.
Haitope finished in second place in a time of 1:19:30. Algerian Riham Senani won the race in a time of 1:18:20.
Speaking in an interview with The Patriot this week, Haitope could not hide her excitement saying that she is now focusing on doing better in her next big race at the Cape Town Marathon in September this year in South Africa.
Haitope is expected to be one of Namibia’s female representatives at next year’s Summer Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo Japan next year, after she failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games that was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“I am so excited to win a silver medal. My focus now is to go compete in the 42km Cape Town Marathon in South Africa. It was not easy in Cape Verde but I tried my level best. My aim is to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics Games,” Haitope said.