New Black Ops Elite threat emerges at WARRIOR Namibia

Toyota WARRIOR OCR series returns to Namibia for a spectacular display of endurance and fitness.
By: Toyota WARRIOR
HEJA LODGE, Namibia - April 9, 2019 - PRLog -- On 23 March 2019, South Africa's largest obstacle course race (OCR) series, Toyota WARRIOR, powered by Reebok, returned to Namibia to host its second international event.

Enticing a wide range of athletes, it never ceases to amaze that hundreds of men and women of all shapes, sizes and ages will drive and fly long distances, to push themselves beyond human limits, never quitting, scrambling, digging in and fighting the fear of (failure, heights, water, mud, pain,) over massively tough and often terrifying obstacles, requiring every muscle group to perform at optimum until the end, just to be called The Toyota WARRIOR of Namibia. They say you leave a braver and better version of yourself?

Heja Lodge hosted Saturday's gruelling Toyota WARRIOR Black Ops and Black Ops Elite Race, a 12km course of just 30-obstacles.

The talking point was the men's competitive Black Ops Elite race, where 'new' dangerman, Armin Botha (BLACK OPS Fitness), beat both Louis Smit (KeyHealth NEVAREST Team), who finished second, and Thomas van Tonder (WARRIOR Brand Ambassador), who took bronze, by 4 minutes and 8 minutes respectively. Van Tonder would call that a thrashing!

Said Botha after his massive win, "I had a tremendous time in Namibia; travelling in great company, Louis Smit and Thomas van Tonder, and ultimately crossing the line in first place after a tough battle in unrelenting terrain.

To everyone that braved the conditions, to the hospitable people of Namibia, to our host family, the crew and organisers, thank you for making this an unforgettable race and journey."

Louis Smit agreed "WARRIOR Namibia was an awesome race. Despite the back-breaking carries, I somehow managed to bag second place against a storming Armin, who lead the race from start to finish, and with Thomas chasing, I couldn't make any mistakes. It's always an honour racing against the best in the business."

In the women's Black Ops Elite race, the only competitor, Dominique D'Oliveira, braved the extreme heat and the high altitude with the men, finishing in 01h42m55s, placing her in an impressive 10th place overall, just over 25 minutes behind the men's elite winner, Armin Botha, and only 17 minutes behind multiple-Black Ops Elite Race and Series Champion, Van Tonder!

"For an event I initially wasn't planning to take part in, this weekend turned out to be a rather rewarding experience! At first, because I was the only female, my victory felt like a bit of an anti-climax, but then I was reminded that the reward had already been earned through the hard work and commitment I've been putting into my training – it earned me a top 10 finish, just over 25 minutes behind the super-speedy Armin Botha," comments South African OCR Sprint Champion, D'Oliveira.

In the 10km, 20-obstacle Commando Elite race, the men's top three were Absalom Tjakula in first, Jose Mathews in second, and Pieter Mostert in third; and Louise Breed in first, Catherine Errington in second and Annelien Van Wyk in third in the Women's Commando Elite.

The podium finishers in the 5km, 15-obstacle Rookie Elite men's race were Cobus Albertus Harmse in first (59m43), Leonard Shemuvalula in second ( 01h00m17), and Ruan Coetzee in third (01h03m31).

In the women's Rookie elite race, Hannah De Goede took gold (01h05m55), Hannah Heyns took silver (01h11m26), and bronze went to Elizabeth Haikali (01h11m35).


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Results – Toyota Warrior Namibia

Black Ops Elite


1.     Armin Botha          01:16:32

2.     Louis Smit          01:21:10

3.     Thomas van Tonder          01:24:38


1.      Dominique D'Oliveira          01:42:55

Commando Elite


1.      Absalom Tjakula          01:29:30

2.      Jose Mathews          01:36:17

3.      Pieter Mostert          01:38:26


1.      Louise Breed          01:57:34

2.      Catherine Errington          02:03:31

3.      Annelien Van Wyk          02:37:22

Rookie Elite


1.      Cobus Albertus Harmse          00:59:43

2.      Leonard Shemuvalula          01:00:17

3.      Ruan Coetzee          01:03:31


1.      Hannah De Goede          01:05:55

2.      Hannah Heyns          01:11:26

3.      Elizabeth Haikali          01:11:35

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Editors Notes

Toyota Warrior Race 2019 Dates:

Warrior 3          06 April          Tierpoort Adventure Farm, Pretoria, Gauteng

Warrior 4          20 - 21 July          Blythedale, KwaZulu-Natal

Warrior 5          24 August          Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Warrior 6          05 October          Riversands Farm Village, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Warrior 7          02 November          Cape Town, Western Cape

Warrior 8          30 November          Johannesburg, Gauteng

Toyota WARRIOR, powered by Reebok, is back with mud and obstacles built to sustain and delight the thousands of athletes, large and small, tall and short, thin and large that are ready to challenge themselves having fun building better humans.

The event calls adventure seekers from all walks of life – whether a weekend WARRIOR or an elite athlete hoping to snatch up the series title. With a Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops category on offer, WARRIOR has something for everyone.

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