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New Era Newspaper Tuesday July 18, 2017

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22 SPORT Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA Female boxers trade blows at Omuthiya New dawn for female boxers... Omuthiya Women’s Boxing Bonanza, held at the town over the weekend, proved a huge success as the tournament attracted the country’s top young female boxers from various regions. The boxing bonanza, which saw pugilists from as far as the two Kavango regions (West and East), Khomas, Oshana and host region Oshikoto participate, did not only bring the country’s best women boxers together, but accorded them an opportunity to showcase their talents in a highly competitive environment. The event was organised by Omuthiya Boxing Academy under the auspices of Maria Ileka, who said she is advocating for women empowerment through boxing. The winners in the various categories were rewarded with medals and trophies. Photo: Obrein Simasiku Round 5 of Enduro series at Farm Ababis this weekend Staff Reporter Windhoek The final stage of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship will take place this weekend, with the fifth of the seventh round slated for Farm Ababis near the town of Karibib on Saturday. The 2017 Enduro Championship has so far produced some thrilling action. In the Open Motorbikes Class, Marcel Henle (KTM) and Henner Rusch (KTM) have two victories and 74 championship points each after four rounds, and this Saturday’s fifth round in Ababis will see one of them taking the lead. Equally tight, Kai Hennes (KTM) and Corner Visser (Sherco) are tied on 39 Points for third place. Joern Greiter’s (KTM) winning streak was interrupted in the Senior Motorbike Riders Class at the last event in Uis, where he finished fourth after winning all races of the season before. David Brown (KTM) and Werner Wiese (KTM) closed the gap in the championship and are back in contention for the top spot. In the Clubmans Motorbike Class, championship leader Jurgen Gladis (KTM) is on home turf and thus favourite to extend his lead over second placed youngster Liam Gilchrust (Husqvarna). However, Duard Wiese (KTM) has been in strong form recently, scoring a victory in Otjihase and finishing second in Uis. Teddy Kausch (KTM) and young talent Keanu Weber- Trianus (KTM) are developing an interesting competition for the lead in the Off-road Bikes Class. Weber-Trianus finished on top of the podium at Uis, and will seek to repeat this at Ababis. In the Development Class for youngsters, Dylan Hilfiker (KTM) has a comfortable championship lead. Levin Quinger (KTM) is expected to provide him with a challenge for first place at Ababis. In the Open Quads Class, J L Oppermann (Honda) has accumulated a comfortable gap to the second and third placed riders, while 2016 champion Shannon Rowland (Honda) will seek to remain in the lead of the Ladies Quad Class. The event in Ababis, co-sponsored by Monster Energy, comprises of a mix of technical and fast riding, with sections passing through river beds and rocky climbs. Spectators will have a lot of action and viewing pleasure at the pit area, located close to a river bed and a scenic canyon. Kai Hennes climbs a steep section of the Abbabis track during the last competition. On the go... Kai Hennes climbs a steep section of the Abbabis track during the last competition. (Below) Marcel Henle on his way to victory in the motorbikes up to 200cc class 2. Tiger Woods no longer in Top 1000 world ranking Tiger Woods is no longer a top 1,000 golfer in the world. The 41-year-old dropped out of the top 1,000 in the Official World Golf Ranking released yesterday, and is now ranked 1,005th – by far the worst standing of his career. Jarring as the number can be, Woods’ ranking was significantly hurt due to him spending nearly all of 2016 on the sidelines. The world ranking takes into account only the most recent two years worth of tournaments and performance value gained in those events depreciates over time, so his mostly absent 2016 looms large. Woods has currently amassed just 3.88 world ranking points, 3.48 of which come from his 15thplace finish (out of 17) at the Hero World Challenge in December, an event run by his foundation, which he hosts. Without December’s event, his ranking would be much worse. During the various peaks in his career, Woods was ranked No. 1 in the OWGR for a total of 683 weeks, more than twice as many weeks in that spot as the next highest contender, Greg Norman. It is unclear when Woods is expected to return to the world of competitive golf, if ever. He recently completed “a private intensive program” to manage medications he takes for back pain and a sleep disorder. –

Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Brave Warriors' heroic victory through the lens... Full support... Hundreds of Namibians on Sunday flocked the Sam Nujoma Stadium to rally behind the Brave Warriors as Namibia went on to narrowly beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the first leg of their 2018 CHAN qualifiers. Proudly representing... The Zimbabwean Warriors were also fully represented during Sunday’s 2018 CHAN qualifier, with a decent number of Zimbabwean nationals filling up the Sam Nujoma Stadium singing and cheering for their team. Team work... Namibian defender Riaan Hanamub (No. 4) and teammate Benyamin Nenkavu (No. 15) in action as they collectively tussle for ball possession against a Zimbabwean player during their 2018 CHAN qualifier. Moment of victory... Brave Warriors assistant team manager Jakes Amaning and coach Ricardo Mannetti in jovial celebrations following Namibia’s heroic 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe. Cool under pressure... Brave Warriors mentor Ricardo Mannetti seen here zealously calling on his charges to remain calm during Namibia’s 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe on Sunday. Highly appreciative... Brave Warriors players led by coach Ricardo Mannetti seen here applauding the crowd for their unwavering support and motivation during Sunday’s 2018 CHAN qualifier against Zimbabwe. Photos: Emmency Nuukala

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