Sechele eyes more success

Sechele eyes more success

MASERU – After winning bronze at the 21st African Senior Championships in Nigeria two weeks ago, Lesotho triple jump specialist Lerato Sechele is targeting more success at the All Africa Games next year.

Speaking to thepost yesterday, Sechele said her goal in Nigeria was a gold or silver medal but she declared herself “satisfied” with the bronze she won saying it signalled the hard work she has been putting into her preparations for international events.

Sechele said she worked hard in her preparations for the continental showpiece although they were not as smooth as she would have liked because of an injury she sustained during the Commonwealth Games in April where she finished fourth and set a new Lesotho triple jump record of 13.57 metres.
“I was satisfied after winning the bronze, but my target was gold or silver. However, looking at the way things went prior to the competition, I had to cherish and be happy with the bronze medal,” Sechele said.

“I did not have enough time to prepare for the competition because I suffered an injury at the Commonwealth Games and I only trained for a month by myself with no help. Assistance came a long time after I was training alone,” she said.

“A lot of bad things happened that demotivated me during the preparations in my family but I am glad that I managed to come home with something.”
The 2019 All Africa Games are slated to be held in Morocco last next year. Another target for Sechele is to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, set for September 2019.
“Next month I will start preparing for (next year’s) World Championships and All Africa Games,” Sechele said.

“I am aiming at getting a gold medal at All Africa Games and to qualify for World Champs. This was my first African Senior competition and I am happy and motivated to get more medals.”
Two other Lesotho athletes also qualified for the African Senior Championships.
Olympic sprinter Mosito Lehata, however, did not compete because of an injury while fellow Olympian Tšepang Sello fell short in the 800 metres and could not qualify for the finals.

Nkheli Liphoto

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