Le­hata takes aim at a berth in Rio

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mos­ito SPRINTER, Mos­ito Le­hata, says he is de­ter­mined to make up for the in­jury-in­duced poor per­for­mances of last year by do­ing the na­tion proud in Au­gust dur­ing the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 26-year old failed to repli­cate the form of 2014, when he made it to the fi­nal of the 200-me­tre race dur­ing the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games held in Glas­gow, Scot­land.

In 2015, Le­hata fin­ished eighth in the fi­nal of the 100-me­tre race in Septem­ber at the All-africa Games held in Brazzaville Congo. Two weeks ear­lier, Le­hata also failed to reach the semis of the 200-me­tre race at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship in Bei­jing, China.

Le­hata told the Le­sotho Times this week that he was fit and rar­ing to go in 2016 af­ter be­ing plagued by a spate of in­juries.

“I re­ally want to do well. I feel like I owe it to Ba­sotho af­ter the dis­ap­point­ments of the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship and Al­lAfrica Games,” Le­hata said.

“Phys­i­cally, I am fine since I have been hard at work for the last two months to get in shape.”

So fo­cused is the Mau­ri­tius-based sprinter to pre­par­ing for the Olympics that he did not re­turn home for the fes­tive sea­son.

“It’s been all work and no play for me since the one-month break I took af­ter the All-africa Games. I did not even come home for the Christ­mas hol­i­days be­cause of a com­mit­ment to get back to my best,” said Le­hata.

“When I am at my best, I can eas­ily make it to the fi­nals, and I just need to make sure that I stay healthy and free from in­juries.”

Con­tacted for com­ment, Le­sotho Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (LAAA) Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Se­jana­mane Maphathe, said they were also blame­wor­thy for Le­hata’s frus­trat­ing year.

“I think we should also shoul­der the blame for his in­juries and fa­tigue,” Maphathe said.

“Mos­ito par­tic­i­pated in too many com­pe­ti­tions, and in the end it cost him medals at the All-africa Games.”

“What we are do­ing this year is to pri­ori­tise the events Mos­ito will par­tic­i­pate in to en­sure that he would be fresh for the Olympics.”

He added: “We will not over­load him this year be­cause a lot will be ex­pected from him at the Olympics. He needs to rest like the other top ath­letes be­fore a ma­jor tour­na­ment.”

Maphathe also re­vealed that marathon run­ners Tšepo Ra­monene and Libya Nkoka have also booked their places at the global sport­ing ex­trav­a­ganza in the South Amer­i­can na­tion

Le­hata.

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