Le­hata blames in­juries for poor Games form

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

SPRINTER Mos­ito Le­hata says he has been bat­tling with fit­ness over re­cent weeks hence his fail­ure to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions at the Al­lAfrica Games which end on Satur­day in Congo.

The 25-year-old fin­ished 8th in the fi­nal of the 100-me­tre race on Mon­day — two weeks af­ter fail­ing to reach the semis of the 200-me­tre race at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship in China.

The Mau­ri­tius-based run­ner on Tues­day told the Le­sotho Times from Congo that he had now de­cided to take a one-month break from ath­let­ics to re­gain both his fit­ness and hunger for suc­cess.

“My fit­ness prob­lems started on 10 July; I was com­pet­ing in the 100-me­tre race in France when I pulled my ham­string so badly I could not walk af­ter­wards for al­most two weeks,” Le­hata said.

“The doc­tors told me to have com­plete rest for three weeks, mean­ing I had to be out of ac­tion from 10-30 July.

“This was a wor­ry­ing sit­u­a­tion for me as the China and Congo Games were fast ap­proach­ing, and I was not in train­ing.

“It was only two weeks to the China Games that I started train­ing, but I had to take it one step at a time un­til I could not feel the pain any­more.

“Ba­si­cally, what I am say­ing is I lost one month and some cou­ple of weeks of train­ing so the big­gest con­cern for me head­ing to the two com­pe­ti­tions was my fit­ness.”

How­ever, Le­hata said he had to keep the in­jury a se­cret be­cause he did not want to dis­ap­point his fam­ily.

“I kept my faith and was pray­ing and pray­ing, and hop­ing that I would get fit. I’m here to­day be­cause I kept be­liev­ing,” added the sprinter.

“I could not just give-up, but the one month of train­ing I lost cost me a lot. Although I am pain-free now, I will still take a month’s rest to recharge my bat­ter­ies.”

Re­gard­ing the over­all per­for­mance of Team Le­sotho at the 4-19 Septem­ber All-africa Games where Le­sotho had won two bronze medals by last night, in box­ing and ten­nis dou­bles, Le­hata said it has been a painful ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I re­ally don’t know how the oth­ers have been do­ing back home, but I know most of them lack reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions.

“I said it be­fore that there is no way ath­letes can im­prove or do well at this level with­out hav­ing good com­pe­ti­tions to help them men­tally.”

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