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Lesotho athletes perform dismally at C’wealth games

Teboho Molapo

 MASERU — Lesotho ended a forgettable 2010 Commonwealth Games on the worst possible note with two of the country’s long-distance athletes finishing dead last in the women’s marathon on Thursday.

In fact, Lineo Lebotha and Refiloe Khechane finished a full hour after the winner had already crossed the line in Delhi.

Kenyan Irene Jerotich Kosgei won the 42 kilometre marathon in two hours, 34 minutes and 32 seconds.

Another Kenyan Irene, Kemunto Mogake, took silver in a time of 2:34:43.

Over an hour later, Lesotho’s Lebotha, who ran 3:24.33, and Khechane, in 3:24.35, stumbled over the finish to claim 14th and 15th places.

A field of 15 athletes took part in the race.

Lesotho’s other athlete in the women’s marathon, ‘Mamohau Tene, performed a little better.

She finished 12th in a time of 3:11.36 hours.

Things were just as bad in the men’s marathon.

The race was won by Kenyan John Ekiru Kelai who ran a time of two hours 14 minutes and 35 seconds.

Tlhoriso Limo, who ran a time of 2:43.07, was the only one of Lesotho’s participants to finish the race.

He finished last in the 18-man field.

The other members of the team, Sechaba Bohosi and Tiisetso Ramokheseng, both failed to finish the race.

The marathon runners’ dismal performance ended Lesotho’s last hopes for a Commonwealth Games.

The marathon events brought down the curtain on the two-week Delhi edition of the sporting gala meant for mostly former British colonies.

Team Lesotho’s other athletes in India — competing in tennis, boxing, swimming, high jump and athletics — were pathetic as well.

Lesotho had won a medal at each of the last three editions of the Commonwealth Games.

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