Setho misses out on Olympics qualification

Setho misses out on Olympics qualification



Swimmer Ntšekhe Setho’s wait to reach the 2016 Olympic Games continues after he missed out on qualification last Sunday at the South African National Aquatic Championships in Durban, South Africa.

Setho, Lesotho’s top rated swimmer, posted a time of one minute, 22 seconds (1.22.00) in his 100 metres breaststroke event which fell outside the required Olympic qualifying benchmarks.

Setho needed to beat 1.00.57 for an A-standard time or 1.02.69 to gain a B-standard qualification.

He has until July to make the cut for Rio 2016 with the Olympic qualifying period for swimming running through to July 3 at FINA approved events.

Speaking on Monday, Lesotho national swimming coach Khosi Mokhesi admitted they have work to do ahead of Setho’s next qualifying attempt.

“He (Setho) posted a time of one minute and 22 seconds and that’s quite way off the required time. We will definitely have to work a lot in the lead up to our next qualifying attempt,” Mokhesi told thepost.

Commenting on Setho’s overall performance, Mokhesi said the swimmer was rusty as he has not competed for a long time.

Sunday’s race was Setho’s first international meet since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

“He was a little bit rusty as this was the first competition he has been to in a long time. I was not expecting him to make the Olympic standard time, but I was thinking we could achieve a sub -1.20 (time). There are a few technical mistakes that he made that kept us from qualifying,” Mokhesi said.

The next Olympic qualifying event is the Cana Zone IV Championships in Beau-Bassin, Mauritius from April 20 to 23.

However, Mokhesi confirmed Setho will not compete at the gala saying they will look at an event a further down the line.

Mokhesi said Setho will stay on in Durban until the South African National Aquatic Championships end on Saturday. He said the swimmer will participate in the 50 metres breaststroke get some more competition time under his belt in preparation for his next qualifying attempt.

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