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Sprinter Lehata eyes Commonwealth glory

Moorosi Tsiane

SPRINT star, Mosito Lehata, has spoken of his determination to do the country proud at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia from 4 to 15 April this year.

The 29 year old is one of the most experienced athletes in the 20-member Team Lesotho and he believes his stay in Bloemfontein, South Africa under the tutelage of coach, Ans Botha, is just the tonic he needs to return to his best and win silverware in Australia.

Botha is an experienced coach whose other charge, Wayde Van Niekerk, is the 400 metres Olympics and World champion.

“My new coach is an amazing person,” Lehata said, adding, “She is a blessing and I have settled in very well and the preparations are going well”.

“Botha is very happy with my training and my progress so far. But I must admit that it has been a tough journey since I came here. I had to make sure I quickly adapt,” Lehata told the Sunday Express from his Bloemfontein camp.

He said the methods of training had also changed as he now trained on grass unlike under his previous coach where he trained on the track.

“We now train on grass and unlike in Mauritius. My body took time to adapt to the new situation as it was harder but all is well now because I have since adapted.

“The grass offers runners the benefit of a softer surface which helps to reduce the chances of impact-related injuries. There are non-intuitive benefits as well. Grass workouts are also an excellent way to improve overall balance and strengthen the feet. You get stronger when training on grass.”

The Matsieng-born sprinter said his coach was working on enlisting him in some competitions to fine tune his preparations.

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