Mohapi buoyant ahead of Pump Track World Qualifiers


Moorosi Tsiane

PUMP Track specialist Mosito Mohapi says he is looking forward to the challenge awaiting him at the Redbull Pump Track World Qualifiers set for Pretoria on 20 July.

Mohapi and his team are in the last lap of their preparations for the qualifiers, which are also their debut appearance on the international stage.

Mohapi, Molefi Ntoko, Meke Mapanya, Kopano Matobo, Makhotso Paamo and Khothalang Leuta will be racing at a Sky League competition in Roma on Saturday.

Ntoko, Mapanya and Matobo will be hoping to qualify in male category while Makhotso Paamo and Khothalang Leuta will be competing in female category.

The Roma based Mohapi has however, already booked his spot at the World Championships set for October in Switzerland during a local qualifiers in March.

The athlete told the Lesotho Times this week that they were all hard at work to improve their times.

“I am personally looking forward to the challenge and I just can’t wait to perform on the big stage,” Mohapi said.

“We are all working hard because we know that it is not going to be easy and I think in this last preparatory competition there will be a lot of positives. We have been practicing every day all day.”

He said they have also been studying the Pretoria track and have noticed that it is much tougher than the local one. He however, said they are not worried because they will have a day to train when they arrive in Pretoria since they would be leaving the country on 18 July.

“We have been trying to study that track just to know what we will be up against. So, we are aware that it is not going to be easy but we are also working to improve like I have said. We are also going to have a day to train before the main event, so we will manage.

“My team mates are all determined to do well and I have also been trying to teach them few tricks that I think can help them with to do better and qualify.

“They all have equal chances of qualifying but they just need to be brave and do all they can. It will also be good to have other Basotho qualifying for the World Finals,” Mohapi said.


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