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Daniel’s record has Athletics Nam dazed

ATHLETICS Namibia has launched “an investigation” into Paulus Daniel’s 5 000m ‘national record’ set at the Grand Prix Leg 2 on Saturday.

The national regulatory body is uncertain whether his time of 13 minutes and 9,62 seconds was for the 5 000m distance or a lap less.

Simon Paulus, who finished second to Daniel in 13:37.85, also beat the previous national record mark of 13:46.91 set by the legendary Luketz Swartbooi in Fullerton, United States of America, on 12 March 1994.“An investigation is currently underway and upon completion of the investigation, the EB (executive board), as mandated, will carry out due diligence through the national record ratification process and will inform all stakeholders on the findings of the investigation,” Athletics Namibia president Erwin Naimhwaka said in statement.

It is unclear whether the track officials at the Independence Stadium failed to keep count of the 12-and-a-half laps race or if the issue is with the timekeepers.

Paulus’ previous best time at the distance is 13:53.12, which he set at the Commonwealth Games last year.

“It was announced that the results of the 5 000m men’s recorded at the Athletics Namibia Grand Prix Leg 2 came through as a new national record.

Upon announcement of the results, several persons came forth alleging that the race may have been a lap short,” Naimhwaka explained.

“The executive board of Athletics Namibia hereby informs all the stakeholders of Athletics Namibia – athletes, partners and the nation at large – that as part of the record ratification process, the executive board of Athletics Namibia will make all the necessary verifications to determine the validity and status of the men’s 5 000m result. This process will determine whether the result can stand as a national record,” said Naimhwaka.

“The executive board of Athletics Namibia wishes to assure that only legitimate and verifiable records will be acknowledged and ratified as national records.”

The 5 000m was not the only event to cause a stir, with the 400m hurdlers also complaining about the uneven barriers after their race.

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