Last Olympic chance for marathon run­ners

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

SIX long-dis­tance run­ners will take part in Sun­day’s Dur­ban City Marathon aware this would be their last chance to qual­ify for the 2016 olympic Games set for Brazil later this year.

the male con­tin­gent of Jobo Kha­tooane, tšepang Ra­monene and Ralete­bele Sotho has been pre­sented with their last chance to qual­ify for the au­gust show­case in Sun­day’s South african race, and so have their fe­male coun­ter­parts, Mole­bo­heng Mafata, li­neo Chaka and Makam­pong let­sie.

tšepo Mathi­belle and lebenya Nkoka are the only lo­cal marathon­ers who have qual­i­fied for the Games along­side sprinter Mos­ito lehata.

But ac­cord­ing to le­sotho am­a­teur athletics As­so­ci­a­tion pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Se­jana­mane Maphathe, the week­end race is the last chance for the six run­ners to make it to the global Games set for Rio de Janeiro.

“this is the last chance for the marathon run­ners to be part of our team for the olympics,” Maphathe said this week.

“this is also a chance for us to have a big­ger team so we are hope­ful that they will suc­ceed in Dur­ban.”

Maphathe fur­ther said for the male run­ners, they must clock two hours and 19 min­utes to qual­ify for the Games while two hours and 25 min­utes is the qual­i­fy­ing time for the ladies.

“in our ladies team, we have Mole­bo­heng Mafata, li­neo Chaka and Makam­pong let­sie who have a big re­spon­si­bil­ity of qual­i­fy­ing for the olympics,” said Maphathe.

“in the male team, there is Jobo Kha­tooane, tšepang Ra­monene and Ralete­bele Sotho, who have an equally important re­spon­si­bil­ity of mak­ing it to the Games.

“all these run­ners have been work­ing very hard and i am sure they will give their best in Dur­ban be­cause of what is at stake.”

How­ever, Maphathe said there is still time for track-and-field ath­letes to make it to Rio.

“one of the com­pe­ti­tions still avail­able for our track-and-field ath­letes is the African Se­nior Cham­pi­onship to be held in South africa in July. there will also be a few more com­pe­ti­tions for them to qual­ify.”

Maphathe also said the as­so­ci­a­tion was still hope­ful Sene­gal-based triple and long jumper, ler­ato Sechele, would make it to Brazil.

“ler­ato will bat­tle for an olympic place in Europe next month as well as an­other com­pe­ti­tion in Dakar where she is based.

“We be­lieve in her abil­i­ties and are con­fi­dent she will make it.”

long-dis­tance run­ner Mole­bo­heng Mafata.

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