Uatema aiming to become Nam's greatest athlete

14 Apr 2015 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) – Four-hundred metre sprinter Francis Uatema says he is convinced that he will become Namibia's greatest athlete.
Uatema of the Erongo Region produced the best performance at Saturday's Bank Windhoek National Athletics Championships, winning the men's 400m sprint with a time of 47.39 seconds.
With this time, the 19-year-old sprinter defeated defending champion Ernest Narib of Namibian Police Force Athletics (NamPol Athletics), who was second with a time of 47.53 seconds.
Saturday’s time was Uatema’s personal best, but the Walvis Bay-based athlete says he wants to improve on his record this year.
“Winning against Narib, who is one of Namibia's great athletes at the moment, is a great achievement for me. It shows that hard work pays off but I am currently working towards setting up a personal record of 45 seconds flat,” he said while speaking to Nampa during the championships.
He added that his current form could be attributed to the hard work and dedication of his coach.
Also speaking to this news agency on Saturday was Uatema’s coach, Belinda Oberholster, who said the youthful athlete is a hard worker and that for the young sprinter, “the sky is the limit”.
“Uatema is crazy,” Oberholster joked. “He is a really fun person to work with because he always gives his best and he is a good example to other young people who want to work hard towards their dreams,” she said.
The coach also joked that working with Uatema can be a problem at times.
“He sometimes takes his time to put on his spikes and if he feels he wants to be grumpy or lazy at training, he will be that way but all in all, we always have a great time at training,” she said.
Oberholster is also responsible for coaching Paralympic gold medallist Johanna Benson.