Noosi impresses in Switzerland

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Moorosi Tsiane

HIGH-Altitude Summer Marathon reigning champion Teboho Noosi clocked 2:37:09 to finish ninth at the Sierre-Zinal Mountain trial run in Switzerland on Sunday.

The Sierre-Zinal is one of the oldest, most prestigious and most competitive mountain races in Europe.

It always brings a competitive field of runners from worldwide. It is part of the Golden Trail World Series and the World Mountain Running World Cup.

Noosi, who was running under the First National Bank banner and running his debut trail, said he was impressed with his performance as he managed to finish in the gold category of the prestigious event.

He said although the race was tough, he could still have done better had he prepared well.

“The competition was really stiff because the race had athletes from different parts of the world and I am proud of my performance,” Noosi said.

“The course was very challenging and I think I did well. I also think I specifically needed to train for such a race.”

On his part, Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) spokesperson Sejanamane Maphathe said Noosi did well considering that this was his debut participation at the stage.

“He did well for himself. I think he was the first Mosotho to compete in that competition and his performance showed that if he had prepared well, then he would have done even better.

“However, there are lot of positives which I think he can build on from the race.

“It is good that now we see more Basotho athletes taking part in international competitions especially in Europe. We need to see them in even bigger numbers so that they can improve their chances to win,” Maphathe said.

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