I will have to work harder: Ishitile

16 Jul 2017 14:50pm
By Hesron Kapanga
LONDON, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – Paralympic sprinter Lahja Ishitile and her guide Sydney Kamuaruuma were knocked out of the T11, 400 metre race at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships Sunday morning.
The championships are underway at the London Stadium.
The two finished second in heat two of the T11, 400m race with a seasonal best time of one minute and three seconds (1:03:08).
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Ishitile said her main aim in competing in the championships was to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but as that has not happened, she will now turn her attention to other competitions.
“At the Commonwealth Games T11 athletes only compete in 100m races and since I did not compete in the 100m event here, I will probably use the Nedbank Championships in South Africa to qualify,” she said.
Going forward, she plans to improve on her training and compete in all big international competitions.
“When I was in Rio, I was really fit and set African records, only two Chinese athletes could beat my time. I will have to work harder so I can run under 25 seconds in 200m and also improve the time I did today in the 400m,” she said.
Ishitile set a regional record of 12.59 seconds in the T11, 100 metre for women during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Namibia National Paralympic Committee Secretary General and the team’s coach, Michael Hamukwaya told this news agency it is difficult to keep athletes in the regions as fit as those based in Windhoek.
“I hope in the future we will have funds so that we can have some of these athletes in Windhoek and pay as much attention to their training as we do to that of Ananias (Shikongo) and Johannes (Nambala),” he said.
Ishitile competed in the 200m and 400m races at the championships underway here until 23 July.
This major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities and in a few events, with intellectual disabilities and is governed by the IPC.