Lehata sets new record
M60 000 prize money tjoka and lesole were each supposed to receive, respectively: “Well, the prize monies will be withheld until the athletes’ fate has been decided.”dubbed the Queen of Marathons, tjoka has sprinter Mosito lehata stole the show at the Mauritius international Meeting last weekend when he broke his previous record and also qualified for the 2015 Beijing World championships with an A standard.
the 26-year-old clocked 10 seconds and11mini-seconds to break his previous record of 10 seconds and 13 mini-seconds, as he claimed pole position.
“I’m satisfied with my performance and it was good that i set a new record, while also qualifying for the world champs with an A standard,” lehata said.
“i have been working hard since recovering from injury last month, and now look forward to world championship in china in August.” won several long-distance races in both lesotho and south Africa, and is also a seven-time winner of the
lehata has participated in two competitions since recovering from an injury picked at the commonwealth Games held last July/ August in Glasgow, scotland.
“i’m fully recovered now and working hard on getting better with each competition,” said lehata.
“My main aim is to do well at the world championships set for Beijing, while I will also take part in other major competitions which include the World challenge in Jamaica next month as well as Diamond league in June.”
“i also want to do something for my country and it could come in the form of the All-africa Games as i feel i owe it to lesotho for the support i continue to get from them.”
the sprint star has been improving since soweto Marathon. she is the only athlete to have won this prestigious south African race seven times. moving to a training camp in Mauritius in 2011 and narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2014 commonwealth Games where he came fourth.meanwhile, the lesotho Amateur Athletics Association public relations officer, Sejaname Maphathe, said Lehata continued to make the nation proud.
“it’s very exciting for him and the country. i believe he is going to get even better and break his own record again before the world championship in Beijing,” Maphathe said.
“he is very determined and i think he is going to do us proud throughout this year.
“his continued improvement and qualifying for the world championship with an A standard means that he will go there to fight for honours, and not just to make up the numbers.”