Le­hata re­mains hope­ful

Lesotho Times - - Sport - MikiaM Kalati

TopTo sprinter Mos­ito Le­hata be­lieves he still hasha a lot to of­fer his coun­try de­spite fail­ing to winw any race in Europe over re­cent weeks duringin the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Athletics Fed­er­a­tionsFe ( IAAF) Di­a­mond League se­ries.

The 24-year-old re­mains con­fi­dent he can still co con­quer the world de­spite trail­ing pow­er­houses su such as Asafa powell of Ja­maica and Amer­i­can J Justin Gatlin in the League—an an­nual se­ries o of track and field meet­ings the IAAA in­trod duced in 2010.

The Mau­ri­tius-based ath­lete came a dis­tant fifth in the 200-me­tre race at the Ja­maica In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tion, and fourth in the 100-me­tre race in Os­trava, the Czech Repub­lic.

“As much as I would love to win ev­ery time I com­pete, I have re­alised that it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to win each and ev­ery race I take part in,” Le­hata said.

“I’m com­pet­ing at the high­est level where I m meet the best in the busi­ness, so you can ap­preci ciate how tough it is to face these guys.”

Le­sotho’s record-holder in the 100 and 20 200-me­tre races fur­ther said he would never gi give up or dis­cour­aged be­cause he be­lieves in hi his ta­lent.

“It has not been that bad as I have also fi­nis ished in third and fourth po­si­tions in some of th the races I have taken part in and I feel I still pu put my coun­try on the map against the best in th the world,” said Le­hata.

“All I want is for Le­sotho to be there among th the best so that the world can recog­nise our co coun­try as far as sport is con­cerned.

“peo­ple should un­der­stand that los­ing is pa part of the game, but be­ing down to­day does no not mean that we will be down to­mor­row once ag again,” he said.

The sprinter added he would con­tinue workin ing hard af­ter com­ing third in the IAAF World Ch Chal­lenge held in Ra­bat, Morocco last Sun­day.

The Ra­bat race was won by Jimmy Vi­caut of Fr France while Qatar’s Femi ogun­ode came secon ond and Le­hata clinched third place.

“I’m feel­ing good again, and have put my inju jury be­hind me, which I suf­fered at the Comm mon­wealth Games in Scot­land in July last ye year. With the way I am re­spond­ing to train­ing, I be­lieve there is a lot to come from me go­ing fo for­ward.

“For now, I’m back at my train­ing base in Mau­ri­tius af­ter the Morocco race and want to ge get a bit of rest while also plan­ning my fu­ture sc sched­ule,” he said.

Mos­ito Le­hata.

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