NAMIBIA’S two super sprinters, Christene Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi had spectators around the world on their feet during their first-ever participation in an athletic competition in Europe.
During the 200-metre sprint for women on Monday evening, Mboma set a new record for the Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics Meet in Prague when she won the race with a time of 22.67 seconds.
Mboma beat Gambian athlete, Gina Bas, who came second with a time of 22.76 seconds while Masilingi ran across the finish line a split second later to claim third place with a time of 22.82 seconds.
Mboma, who had a bad start to the race had to run from behind to beat both Bas and Masilingi.
Besides breaking the annual athletics meet’s record for the 200-metre sprint event her time for the race is a new Namibian record and also her personal best time for the event.
The Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics competition in Prague also serves as preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games that is slated for July.