Le­sotho stan­dards ‘de­te­ri­o­rat­ing’

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

SPRINTER Mos­ito Le­hata will be hop­ing to get back to win­ning ways dur­ing Sun­day’s In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) World Chal­lenge sched­uled for the Czech Repub­lic.

The Mau­ri­tius-based ath­lete came a dis­tant fifth in the 200-me­tre race at the Ja­maica In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tion a fort­night ago, and is seek­ing to make amends in Os­trava.

“De­spite fin­ish­ing fifth in the race, I feel still feel I did quite well be­cause this was the first time I was run­ning the 200-me­tre race since re­cov­er­ing from in­jury, I sus­tained at the Com­mon­wealth Games in July last year, ” Le­hata said.

“I am not mak­ing ex­cuses for fail­ing to win the race, but the truth is I was a bit tired af­ter the long trip from Mau­ri­tius to Ja­maica. Ob­vi­ously it worked against me but at the same time, I know there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment, and I am hop­ing to come good in the Czech Repub­lic.”

The 24-year-old fur­ther said he was in France for a week pre­par­ing for the tour­na­ment. I was in France for a close to a week get­ting ready for this race and I’m con­fi­dent of do­ing bet­ter this time around; I be­lieve I am in bet­ter shape than I was when I came fifth in Ja­maica,” said Le­hata.

“My main tar­get is to get ready for the World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Bei­jing, China, later this year. I be­lieve run­ning in high-pro­file races such as Sun­day’s Os­trava one and Ja­maica would give me the prepa­ra­tions I need to excel in China.

“In Ja­maica, the line-up was full of high-pro­file ath­letes, and to come out in fifth po­si­tion was not that bad”

Likuena mid­fielder Mabuti Pot­loane (right) fights for the ball against a Mada­gas­car player on Mon­day.

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