• March 31st, 2020

Personality of the week - Tjipekapora Herunga



Name:             Tjipekapora Herunga
Date of Birth:         01-01-1988
Place of Birth:         Ehungiro, Otjinene
Marital Status:         Engaged
Nickname:         Melody
Most memorable race:     All African Games 2012 when I came back home with two bronzes in the 200m and 400m races. Winning the 200m was basically a surprise to me.
Your toughest race/s: Running against South Africa’s Caster Samenya, but I beat her that day, I worked very hard to beat her.
Biggest career disappointment: When I was removed from Namibia’s 2016 Olympics team, which was painful after I had worked so hard.
Biggest influence on your career: My second year business professor had a massive impact on my career. He was a wonderful mentor and always saw great potential in me, always making sure I pursued my career.
Favourite sprinter locally or internationally: American sprinter Natasha Hastings.
If not athletics, which other sport would you have played: I would have played netball.
Haven’t seen or heard much of you this past year, are you still active: Yes I am still active, I was looking forward to this year’s Olympics but unfortunately they were postponed to next year. I still have time to make it right though.
Namibia has in recent years struggled to produce top runners, especially in short distance events, what do you attribute that to: I would say it’s a lack of better races, lack of determination from the athletes and lack of support in many a case.
Where do you see Namibian athletics in five years: I believe in five years we will have a lot of athletes representing the country at various world athletic events.
Describe Namibian athletics in three words: Teamwork, supportive and amazing.
Your ambitions for 2020: My plan was to qualify for the 2020 Olympics but away from the athletics tracks, I want to focus more on farming as I am new to farming. I would like to take it to the next level and learn more about all trades of farming.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce or Dina Asher-Smith:     Shelly-Ann Fraser
Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin or Asafa Powell:         Asafa Powell
Hot chocolate or coffee:         Coffee
Breakfast or dinner:         Dinner
Sneakers or sandals:         Sneakers
Plane or cruise ship:         Cruise ship
Reading or listening to music:     Reading


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2020-03-26 09:31:25 | 5 days ago

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