Lehata hopes to make amends

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Rasheed Dwyer crosses the line to win gold ahead ofbronze medalist Jason Livermore, silver medalist Warren Weir, Mosito Lehata of Lesotho and Danny Talbot of England
Rasheed Dwyer crosses the line to win gold ahead ofbronze medalist Jason Livermore, silver medalist Warren Weir, Mosito Lehata of Lesotho and Danny Talbot of England

Mikia Kalati

Sprinter Mosito Lehata will be hoping to get back to winning ways during Sunday’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Challenge scheduled for the Czech Republic.

The Mauritius-based athlete came a distant fifth in the 200-metre race at the Jamaica International Invitation a fortnight ago, and is seeking to make amends in Ostrava.

“Despite finishing fifth in the race, I feel still feel I did quite well because this was the first time I was running the 200-metre race since recovering from injury, I sustained at the Commonwealth Games in July last year, ” Lehata said.

“I am not making excuses for failing to win the race, but the truth is I was a bit tired after the long trip from Mauritius to Jamaica. Obviously it worked against me but at the same time, I know there is always room for improvement, and I am hoping to come good in the Czech Republic.”

The 24-year-old further said he was in France for a week preparing for the tournament.

“I was in France for a close to a week getting ready for this race and I’m confident of doing better this time around; I believe I am in better shape than I was when I came fifth in Jamaica,” said Lehata.

“My main target is to get ready for the World Championships to be held in Beijing, China, later this year. I believe running in high-profile races such as Sunday’s Ostrava one and Jamaica would give me the preparations I need to excel in China.

“In Jamaica, the line-up was full of high-profile athletes, and to come out in fifth position was  not that bad”

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