Lehata off to Zambia


Leemisa Thuseho

LESOTHO’S top sprinter Mosito Lehata is in Zambia for a one-month camp preparing for the upcoming Olympic qualifying events.

Lehata left the country last week and is expected to be in Zambia until 2 May 2021.

Federation of Athletics Lesotho (FAL) public relations officer Nkuebe Makhalemele told the Lesotho Times that they came to the resolution after Lehata was invited for the Zambia national athletics championships set for 15 and 16 May. The camp will, on the other hand, be used as part of Lehata’s preparations for other upcoming Olympic qualifying events.

“Lehata is in Zambia and after Zambia invited him for the national championships and we believe that this will help him improve his time,” Makhalemele said.

Lehata is yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics from 23 July to 8 August. The games were initially set for last year but postponed on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To qualify, he must clock 10.05 in 100m. His current personal best is 10.11.

Makhalemele said Lehata will be one of the athletes who will travel to Algeria next month for the African Athletics Championships which will serve as the Olympics qualifying event.

Lesotho athletes have also been invited for the Botswana National Championship on 15 and 16 May.

“We have also received an invitation from Botswana for their national championship and we are yet to select athletes who will make the trip.”

When he returns from Zambia, Lehata will be looking forward to Lesotho’s national athletics track and field championships on 29 May. Makhalemele said they have invited athletes from South Africa for the competition.


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