FOR 22 seconds Namibia stood united in support of its two superstars in the final heat of the women’s Olympic 200m sprint event where Christine Mboma won a silver medal and Beatrice Masilingi came in at sixth position against the best of the best in world athletics.
At the tender age of 18, the teenagers originally from rural Namibia are this year ranked amongst the fasted women in the world.
Following a relatively slow start, Mboma came from behind to beat well decorated athletes Marie-Josee Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast, Mujinga Kambundji from Switzerland, and Gabrielle Thomas from the United States of America and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica.
Elaine Thompson-Herah ran in the lead from the very start of the race and won with a time of 21.53 seconds.
Mboma ran a time of 21.81 seconds, Thomas, who walked away with a bronze medal, clocked 21.87 seconds, while early favourite Fraser-Pryce ran the race in a time of 21.94 seconds for the fourth place.
Ta Lou‘s time was 22.27 seconds, while Masilingi ran over the line at a personal best time of 22.28 seconds.
Kambundji had a time of 22.30 seconds, while Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas ended the race in 24.00 seconds.
Mboma’s time of 21.81 seconds, her personal best in 200m, is also a new national record, a new African record and a new world record for women under the ages of 20 in the 200m sprint event.