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22 SPORT Monday, March 19 2018 | NEW ERA Springbok legend Bryan Habana heads for retirement JOHANNESBURG Springbok record try-scorer Bryan Habana has given the strongest hint yet that he’s on the verge of retiring from the sport. Speaking to the Power of Sport podcast on the red carpet at the recent Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco and in advance of a recordbreaking night for Roger Federer, he from the sport before being asked by “No, I haven’t made any decisions on my future yet. The reason being that obviously I’ve just got back on the park trainingwise two months ago and Chris Ashton’s scoring tries aplenty in that Toulon jersey, and Josua Tuisova on the other wing’s making it “If I don’t play too much rugby going forward then there might be a couple of months left in me somewhere where there’s a possibly, but (I’m) just looking at options at the moment. “I’m getting along, I will be 35 in June but with a World Cup in Japan in 2019 and possible opportunities of networking there post-rugby it’s a lot to think about. “We’ve got ‘number two’ on the way in just over a month’s time so just making a few decisions, rugby’s given me so much. “I haven’t 100 percent made a decision at this present moment in time but it could possibly be the end,” he added. – Nampa/ANA. End of an era… Springbok rugby legend Bryan Habana has hinted that he might hang up his togs at the end of the current season. Carina Horn tumbles 28-year-old 100m SA record JOHANNESBURG University of Pretoria-Tuks’ Carina Horn raced to a time of 11.03sec last week at the SA Championships to finally break Evette de Klerk’s 28-year-old 100m record set on April 20, 1990. South Africa’s leading women’s sprinter Horn bettered it by 0.03sec. And South Africa’s former ‘First Lady of Speed’ said that after all those years it was high time that her record was broken. “To be honest, I am a bit nostalgic knowing that my record is gone, but then again I did not expect it to be part of the statistics for so long. It was getting to be worrisome. “Athletics records are there to be broken as it means the sport is healthy. I am glad that it was Carina that got the record because I understand she had put in long hard hours to be able to do so. “From personal experience, I can vouch how dif- the 100m to shave off those hundredths of seconds. It had taken me a long time from running 11.14 to be able to run a time of 11.06 eventually.” There is indeed truth in what De Klerk is saying. Horn (Tuks) equalled De Klerk’s record in 2015, and it took her another three years to improve by just 0.03. The South African record in the 200m which De Klerk set in April 1989 running 22.06 still stands. “Don’t get me wrong because I don’t want to sound arrogant but I think it will be a while before anyone comes close to improving on the 200m record. Our local sprinters are still battling just to break 23 seconds. “I think one of the problems is that we currently got individuals in every event that is trying to lift the standard of racing. “The day I ran 22.06 in Pietersburg (Polokwane) under 23 seconds, including Myrtle Bothma. “In the 100m there was never such a thing as an easy race as I was pushed by the likes of Elinda Vorster, Marcel Winkler, Mari-Lise Coetzer and others. If you did not give it your all every time you raced there was a realistic chance that you would lose.” Horn’s Austrian coach, Rainer Schopf, was quite emotional moments after she had set a new record. “At long last, we achieved what we set out to do. The last few years were not easy as we made some mistakes. Luckily we can learn from it. The most important thing we have learned is the importance of indoor racing for Carina. “Last year she did not do so at all. It led to her having quite an average season as a sprinter. In 2015 when she equalled the South African record running 11.06, she also improved improved her indoor time in the 60 metres to 7.19. “Earlier this season she twice improved the South African indoor record, setting times of 7.10 and 7.09, and now she ran 11.03 in the 100m.” dicts it is now only a question of time before the Tuks athlete will dip under 11 seconds in the 100 metres. – Nampa/ANA

Monday, March 19 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Mouth-watering menu for Legacy Boxing Bonanza Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Exciting featherweight professional boxer, Onesmus Nekundi, headlines a mouth-watering menu for tomorrow’s Legacy Independence Boxing Bonanza at the Ramatex Hall on the outskirts of Katutura, west of Namibia’s commercial capital, Windhoek. Boasting a remarkable record of eight wins, four defeats and two draws in the paid ranks, Nekundi will square off against the equally dangerous Niikoti Johannes in the main bout of their non-title six rounder. In other action, Immanuel Mungandjela will trade leather with the less experienced Steven Shimbonde for the International Welterweight title over six rounds. Several enticing undercard bouts promise to have the crowd on the edge of their seats, including the eagerly awaited clash between the undefeated Charles Shinima and debutant Sakaria Kleopas in a nontitle Welterweight four rounder. Andreas Amupolo makes his sixth appearance as a pro boxer when he comes up against rookie Mathew as the strongly built Bantamweight boxer makes his pro debut against the equally inexperienced Gabriel Jamba over four rounds. Nghitumbwa Phillipus should have little trouble when he climbs into the ring to confront Blood, sweat and tears… Boxing fans are in for an adrenaline-pumping boxing Sunshine Tobias Boxing & Fitness Academy hosts the annual Independence Boxing Bonanza at the Ramatex Hall tomorrow. fellow Bantamweight boxer Frank Kativa. The latter is saddled with an unimpressive patchy record of three losses from the same number of bouts and should be cannon fodder for his opponent. Bantamweight prospect Andreas Mwenyo completes the line up with a date against debutant Petrus Gustavo in a non-title four rounder. Action gets underway at 14h00 tomorrow afternoon. Readying for an epic battle… All roads lead to the diamond mining town of Oranjemund at the banks of the Orange River for the annual Sperrgebiet Golf Tournament, this Golfers gear up for popular coastal tourney …Nande hot favourite to retain title Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek Some of the country’s leading golfers are to tee off at this week’s much-anticipated annual Sperrgebiet Amateur Golf Championship, which gets underway at the Oranjemund Golf Club Course, on Friday. The popular two-day golf championships will be contested in a 54-hole, Metal Strokeplay format, 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on the The competition has been divided into three different divisions namely: AB & C D5 0-24 handicap, the D section will be contested in 18 holes on both Saturday and Sunday for the 25–36 Handicap Stableford. Amateur golfers to be led by retired senior national team footballers such as George Gariseb, Joseph “Gaya” Martin, Doc Naobeb, Bertus Damon, Ian Wood and Hans Haraseb are expected to be among a strong made up of former footballers. Namibia’s top-ranked golfer Likeus Nande, from the revered Rossmund Golf Club is the defending champion after he brushed his opponents aside with brutal drives to shoot a four-over par in last year’s competition under challenging weather conditions. The damage is N0 per entrant including meals and the closing date quired and interested parties are requested to contact: Bossie Boshoff 081 122 7601 or email nashomda@

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