Namibia’s female sprinter Beatrice Masilingi ran her personal best (PB) time of 22.67 in the 200 metre race on Tuesday night at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern in Switzerland.
The Namibian athlete who is currently preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan during the months of July and August 2021 dominated the 200-metre race where she finished in the first position.
Alexandra Burghardt of Germany came in second with 0.49 seconds behind her with a time of 23.16 seconds while another German athlete Lisa Marie Kwayie completed the top three spots with a time of 23.28 seconds.
The 18-year-old Namibian sprinter was 0.05 seconds faster than her previous PB of 22.72 seconds.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday coach Henk Botha said last night went fairly well.
“If you take the conditions of last night’s race it was slippery in the start but Masilingi is a strong starter even though she struggled a bit with the start. I am very happy with the end of the race because that is what we are working on for her to accelerate until the end,” said Botha.
The coach added that he is pleased with the win and the time ran by the athlete as they continue to work hard ahead of the global showpiece in July.
“We are putting this result as a part of our experience, we will not allow it to destruct our goals, we are just going to continue working hard and as far as the girls are concerned they are in a good mood and excited for Tokyo as well as for the rest of the races,” he said.
Botha also said that the most difficult challenge for a coach or manager is to keep their athletes' mental state balanced, adding that both Masilingi and Christine Mboma are doing well.
The coach also said that Mboma will have a chance to show the Namibia nation what she can do when she competes in the 400m race in Poland on Wednesday night.
Source: Namibia Press Agency