Le­hata rar­ing to go

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

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.

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