Lehata remains hopeful
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.