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No rest for Sechele

Moorosi Tsiane

TRIPLE jumper, Lerato Sechele, has now set her eyes onto the Africa Senior Championships set for Nigeria in August this year after she narrowly missed a medal at the recently ended Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Sechele broke her own record when she jumped 13.57 metres to in Australia and is expected to leave the country on Tuesday to attend an interclub competition in France next Sunday.

The 24-year-old, Sechele, missed on the bronze medal by just one spot after finishing fourth in the female triple jump at the Commonwealth Games while at the same time breaking her previous national record of 13.25.

“There is no time to rest for me,” Sechele said.

“I only had one day off since my return from Australia and have been training since because I have lot of competitions lined-up.”

As if to give credence to her claims, she then received an invitation to a tournament in Botswana for which she was scheduled to leave last Friday.

She said she was however, still waiting for her travel arrangements to be finalised before she could travel to France on Tuesday.

However, Sechele said she would invest her energy into preparing for the African Senior Championship.

“I am happy with my performance at the Commonwealth Games since I exceeded my targets. Now that it’s done, I have to set new targets and I have to make sure that I improve,” she said.

Sechele said she a club in France has been helping her to get competitions in the European country and has also catered for her welfare whenever she travels.

“They help to get me competitions in France and they also take care of my welfare but in addition to that, after my performance in Australia, I got few more invitations in France. This will mean I would be staying that country longer,” Sechele said.

Sechele is among the six athletes who are under the four-year Olympic Solidarity Scholarship programme that is preparing her for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


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