Ishitile aiming for Commonwealth Games qualification

14 Jul 2017 16:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
LONDON, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - Paralympic sprinter Lahja Ishitile is aiming to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The Commonwealth Games are an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth and it will be held on the Gold Coast of Australia between 04 and 15 April 2018.
Visually impaired Ishitile announced her arrival on the international sporting scene in 2014 when she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and is now ready to win big at next year’s event.
She told Nampa on Friday her main aim in competing at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships is to improve her times and hopefully qualify for the Commonwealth Games.
Ishitile, who set a regional record of 12.59 seconds in the T11 100 metre for women during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, on Friday said she felt 70 per cent ready ahead of her first event at the IPC Athletics World Championships on Saturday at 19h20, Namibian time.
“I only trained for two weeks and I don’t think that is good enough for a medal, but I am ready to do my best when I get on the tracks. I am not afraid of challenging my competitors and you don’t know what can happen while on the track, but winning a medal will be good motivation for me as an athlete,” she said.
The Namibian sprinter also has a slight ligament injury, which the team’s physiotherapist, Benny Obermuller said would be treated before Saturday.
Team coach Michael Hamukwaya told this news agency they cancelled one of Ishitile’s events in order to not put too much strain on her muscles.
“This will be Ishitile’s third championship and I am confident that she is learning and gaining experience which will be useful for the team in future,” he said.
He added that he hopes her injury does not affect her during the competition.
Ishitile will only compete in the 200m and 400m races at the championships underway here until 23 July.