Le­hata reveals Olympic preps

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Star-sprinter Mos­ito Le­hata would run at Ger­many’s ell­wan­gen in­ter­na­tional ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion to be held on 14 May.

the race is part of Le­hata’s prepa­ra­tions for the 2016 Olympic Games sched­uled for the Brazil­ian city of rio de Janeiro in au­gust.

the 25-year-old Mau­ri­tius-based ath­lete told the Le­sotho Times he took part in his first race of the year last week and claimed pole po­si­tion in the 100-me­tre dash ahead of Ba­baloki thebe of Botswana.

Le­hata also said he would com­petec o mp e t e at the 2016 african ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships set for June in South africa.

“ev­ery- thing went well in Ger­many and i won the race. i was un­der so much pres­sure to do well be­cause it was my first race of the year.

“You are al­ways ner­vous as an ath­lete in your first race of the year and hop­ing to do well. i can say it was a good start to the year and gives me con­fi­dence ahead of the Olympics.”

Le­hata also said he did not want to com­pete in “too many races” be­fore the Olympics to en­sure he is fit for the global show­case and is not ex­hausted by the time the world show­case roars into life on 5 au­gust. the bi­en­nial mul­tisport tour­na­ment ends on 21 au­gust and tra­di­tion­ally at­tracts the best ath­letes on the planet. Leso- tho has never won a medal at the Olympics.

“i made a mis­take and took part in too many com- pe­ti­tions last year and in the end, paid the prize as I strug­gled with my fit­ness and did not per­form well at the World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing, as well as the all-africa Games in Congo-braz­zav­ille,” said Le­hata.

“i will not make the same mis­take again, so at the mo­ment, the fo­cus is on ell­wan­gen and then the african Cham­pi­onships.”

Le­hata, who has been at a high-per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre in Mau­ri­tius since 2011, also said he hoped to be part of a train­ing camp be­ing or­ga­nized by the Le­sotho na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee in europe ahead of th the Brazil show­case.

“i’ “i’m await­ing for the full pro­gramme on team Le­sotho’s prepa­ra­tions for the Olympics from the Le­sotho na­tional Olympic Com­mitt mit­tee, es­pe­cially de­tails of that train­ing cam camp in europe. But as for com­pet­ing in the month lead­ing to the Olympics, i don’t think i will do it be­cause like i said, i don’t want to be ex­hausted by the time i go to the Olympics.”

Le­hata also rub­bished re­ports he was strug­gling with in­juries once again. the sprinter has bat­tled with in­juries in the past which have pre­vented him from re­al­iz­ing his true po­ten­tial.

“i’m not in­jured; i am in good shape for the Olympics. i have been train­ing very hard to pre­pare for the Games so if there is any­one say­ing i am in­jured, this is not true at all,” he said.

“it is never easy to pre­pare for a big event such as the Olympics, but you have to keep push­ing hard and be hope­ful. What i can also tell you is i owe my country a big per­for­mance af­ter the dis­ap­point­ments of last year.”

Mos­ito LE­HATA, Christo­pher CLARKE of ENG­LAND AND MICHAEL MATHIEU of BA­HAMAS Com­pete In THE 200 me­tres semi­fi­nal At THE Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth GAMES on July 31 2014.

KICK­4LIFE mid­fielder FIDEL Ntoya,right, says fin­ish­ing In top EIGHT Is A pri­or­ity For HIM.

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