Le­hata comes short again

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia

Star sprinter, Mos­ito Le­hata, was beaten into fourth place in the 100-me­tre race at the In­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion of ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions Di­a­mond League held in the Czech repub­lic on tues­day night.

Ja­maica’s asafa Pow­ell won the race, with Young Isa­iah of the United States of amer­ica and Kilty richard of Bri­tain tak­ing sec­ond and third po­si­tions re­spec­tively, to fin­ish ahead of Le­hata.

this was the sec­ond time in less than a month that the Mau­ri­tius­based 26-year-old ath­lete fal­tered on the big stage, af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in the 200-me­tre race in Ja­maica three weeks ago.

How­ever, Le­hata yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho times from the Czech repub­lic that he could have done much bet­ter un­der more favouri­ble weather con­di­tions.

“I might not have won the here last night, but I am happy with my per­for­mance. I was slow out of the blocks be­cause of the cold and rainy weather con­di­tions,” Le­hata said.

“You al­ways learn on the track and such big com­pe­ti­tions are al­ways good if one is to im­prove him­self. I be­lieve I will do much bet­ter go­ing for­ward, and I am con­fi­dent th­ese are ideal prepa­ra­tions for me ahead of the World ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships to be held in au­gust in Bei­jing, China.”

Mean­while, the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for marathon queen, Mamoroallo tjoka, which had been set for Fri­day last week, was post­poned to 7 June, while her co-ac­cused, Sekeke Lesole failed to turn up.

the two ath­letes tested pos­i­tive for a banned, per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stance dur­ing last De­cem­ber’s High altitude Sum­mer Marathon. tjoka won the fe­male cat­e­gory of the race, while Lesolle was sec­ond in the male sec­tion of the an­nual event, whose win­ner walks away with M100 000.

How­ever, the hear­ing for ramolefi Ramot­sieloa, who is also in hot wa­ter for dop­ing, went ahead as sched­uled last Fri­day and the marathoner would know his fate over the next two weeks.

Le­sotho am­a­teur ath­let­ics as­so­ci­a­tion public re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Se­jana­mane Maphathe, yes­ter­day con­firmed the de­vel­op­ments.

“Un­for­tu­nately, tjoka’s case had to be post­poned be­cause all mem­bers of the hear­ing com­mit­tee failed to make it on time, while Lesole failed to show-up on the day, so his case was also post­poned to 7 June,” Maphathe said.

“How­ever, for ramot­sieloa the hear­ing went on as planned and he will know his fate within the next two week,” he said.

Maphathe also said that they will next month as­sem­ble their team for all africa game set for Congo Braz­zav­ille in Septem­ber.

“We are still work­ing on our pro­gramme, but the idea is to have our team in camp from mid June so that we pre­pare early for the all africa games,” said Maphathe.

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