Lesotho doubles medals haul at schools tourney
SPRINT king Mosito Lehata will be out to even the score against his Jamaican counterparts on Saturday during the Jamaican international Athletics Meeting scheduled for kingston.
Lehata was denied a medal by three Jamaicans — Rasheed Dwyer, Warren Weir, and Jason Livermore, who came first, second and third respectively in the 200 metre-race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow — and could only manage fourth position against a very powerful field of runners.
However, Lehata (25) had incurred an injury prior to the race, and the sprinter believes he could have done better was he fully fit on the day.
The iconic sprinter, who has been based in Mauritius for special training since 2011, insists he is ready to beat the Jamaicans and any other challenger in the upcoming race.
“I remember the race very well (on 31 July 2014) as if it happened yesterday,”lehata told the Lesotho Times this week. “That result will be a motivating factor as i go into Saturday’s competition; it will be at the back of mine as i take to the LESOTHO Institute of Sports Associations (Lisa) public relations officer, Teboho Pholo, feels local athletes who participated in last weekend’s Confederation of Schools Sports Associations of Southern African Games at Setsoto Stadium did the country proud despite failing to qualify for the 2015 World Youth Championship.
Lesotho came third on the medals table with 16, while Zimbabwe and namibia were first and second on 70 and 54, respectively. track.
“If you remember very well, it was a tight end in that final where I unfortunately lost out on a medal as i was running carrying an injury.
“after the race, i was on the side-lines for months and only returned to competitive races last month.”
According to Lehata, he could not wait to reunite with Dwyer, Weir, Livermore and many other top athletes from around the world during the upcoming championship.
“Apart from my revenge mis-
nine Zimbabwean and four namibian athletes subsequently qualified for the World Youth Championship to be held in Colombia from 15 - 19 July while Lesotho had none.
However, Pholo still believes locals did well at the three-day competition which ended last Saturday.
“I feel we did well, although there is still room for improvement. However, it should be noted that we won eight medals more than last year,” Pholo said.
For the sport to grow, Pholo has called sion against the Jamaicans, this is going to be a massive competition for me as it gives me the opportunity to test myself against the best,” said Lehata, adding he always strives to do well each time he takes to the track.
“Part of the competition is you want to succeed all the time and I’m confident of doing everyone back home proud in this race.
“I have to say it will also be good preparation for me as I fine-tune for the 15th World Championships in Athletics scheduled for Beijing, China, in August,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lesotho Amateur for consistency and sound planning at the grassroots.
“The main challenge for us as a country is to be consistent at development stage, otherwise we will always struggle and remain behind the rest of the continent,” said Pholo.
“We have to sit down and map the way forward to make sure that these kids have resources throughout the year as well as good coaching systems.
“It’s important that we pay attention to youth development because it is very key Athletics Association public relations officer, Sejanamane Maphathe, believes Lehata has the talent to beat the Jamaicans in their own backyard.
“I think this is a good platform for him to prepare for the World Championships and of-course, settle an old score with the Jamaican runners who took all the three positions ahead of him at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year,” Maphathe said.
“He has been improving with every race and I believe we are going to see the best of him going forward.”
for the success of our sports.”
Pholo added despite coming last in the three-nation event, the competition was a success and confirmed Lesotho’s capability to host such tournaments.
“We managed to stage the three-day competition very successfully. The only disappointment was that four other countries could not send teams to the tournament hence we ended up having three nations only,” Pholo said.
Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland could not send teams to the event.
“overall, our athletes did their best to get 16 medals compared to eight from last year. We just have to work hard to improve where we are lacking.”
From left: Silver medalist Warren Weir, Bronze medalist Jason Livermore and Gold medalist rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica celebrate after the men’s 200 metres Final at Hampden Park during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.