Le­hata sets new record

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.”

Mos­ito Le­hata

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