Le­hata on course for Olympics

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mos­ito Le­hata’s prepa­ra­tions for the 2016 olympic Games is gath­er­ing mo­men­tum with the sprinter win­ning the 100-me­tre race at the Ell­wan­gen in­ter­na­tional Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship held in Ger­many last satur­day.

the 25-year-old took broke the tape ahead of Josh swaray of Great Bri­tain while south African Roscoe En­gel was in third po­si­tion.le­hata is set to take part in an­other Euro- pean race Wed­nes­day next week. the event is set for os­trava in the Czech Repub­lic.

“it was a fan­tas­tic start to my sea­son in Europe and the win qual­i­fies me to run both the 200m and 100m events at the olympics, so i’m de­lighted,” Le­hata told the Le­sotho Times this week.

“i clocked 10min­utes, 13 sec­onds which was very close to my pre­vi­ous record of 10:11, and i think i could have smashed if it wasn’t for the cold weather that was be­low 10 de­grees.

“But i’m very happy. Re­mem­ber, this is my first race in Europe this year and be­gin­ning with a win and good time is a promis­ing start for me.”

The sprinter, who was the first Le­sotho ath­lete to qual­ify for the olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in Au­gust, added he needs to keep fo­cused and win­ning to be in the right frame of mind to do his coun­try proud in Brazil.

“i just have to keep win­ning and run­ning as fast as i can to be in good shape for Brazil though i know it is not go­ing to be easy, but it’s worth a try,” said Le­hata.

“My only worry is it’s very cold and such weather is bad for sprint­ers be­cause it makes you vul­ner­a­ble to in­jury.

“But I just have to keep my fin­gers crossed and do well in os­trava next week and give my best once again.”

Mean­while, the Ger­many event was the sec­ond big­gest race for Le- hata this year af­ter he claimed pole po­si­tion in the 100m com­pe­ti­tion held in Mau­ri­tius last month.

Le­hata is also set to com­pete at the 2016 African Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships set for next month in south Africa.at the mo­ment, Le­sotho only has five ath­letes who have qual­i­fied for the olympics.

the ath­letes are marathon run­ners Lebenya Nkoka and tšepo Mathi­belle, box­ers Moroke Mokhotho and inku­l­uleko sun­tele and Le­hata.

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