Lehata raring to go
MAURITIUS-BASED sprinter Mosito Lehata has allayed the nation’s fears and promised to do well in the Olympics set for rio de Janeiro from 5-21 August.
Mosito will be part of the cast in the 100- and 200-metre races at the global showcase. he clocked 10:13 seconds a fortnight ago in the 100-metre race at the ellwangen International Athletics Championship in Germany, setting his best time in the process.
The current 100-metre record- holder is Jamaica’s usain Bolt, whose personal best is 9.74 seconds. however, Lehata says the times are the least of his worries at the moment.
“I am aware of those times and have already done my calculations, and can’t say I am worried about them. I just need to keep on working hard and be at my best in rio because I want to do well for my coun- try,” Lehata confidently said.
Lehata, who finished fourth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland behind three Jamaicans, has also decided to limit his races heading into the Olympics. The sprinter was poised for glory at the Commonwealth event but was injured before the final race. He had to compete the race carrying the injury, which cost him a medal at the championship. however, that performance, which most local sports fans watched live on television, catapulted Lehata to national fame.
“I was supposed to run 200 metres last Wednesday in Senegal but I have decided to sacrifice some of these meetings so I can get enough time to rest and recover.
“If you were to see how many competitions I was supposed to run in July, you wouldn’t believe it, but I might only do two.
“unlike in the past where I used to do two to three competitions a week, now I only have one competition that I will be running every week to give me enough time to train and recover at the same time,” said Lehata.
But the sprinter said he would be at the African Athletics Championships set for 22-26 June in durban, South Africa.
“I am positive that I will do well in Brazil because mentally, I am prepared so what I have to do now is keep on training hard and make sure I do not lose focus. Like I said, I want to do my country proud at the Olympics.”
No Lesotho athlete has won a medal at the Olympics.