THE 18-year-old Christine Mboma, who is arguably Namibia’s fastest woman, has been nominated for another prestigious award, the BBC African Sports Personality of the Year 2021.
Mboma, who was nominated alongside six other contenders for the award, rose to fame after winning an Olympic medal for Namibia after a 25 year dry spell.
The teenager took silver in the 200m sprint race behind Jamaica’s Olympic gold medalist, Elaine Thompson-Herah.
Mboma also broke several world records and was recently crowned Athletic Weekly’s international junior athlete of the year.
Sharing his excitement on the nomination, her coach, Henk Botha, said Mboma and fellow athlete, Beatrice Masilingi, are currently visiting their respective families.
He added that the athletes will be back on the track after Christmas to train for the new season.
“It’s a big honour to be nominated for an aware coming from an international organization such as the BBC. We have strong competitors and at the same time we are humbled. I want to build a long professional career with the girls and hold the Namibian flag high,” Coach Botha said.
The six shortlisted stars were chosen by a panel of journalists from Africa and the United Kingdom.
The panel selected a shortlist based on the best African sporting achievements on the international stage in 2021 (between January and September).
The impact of the person’s achievement beyond their particular sport was also taken into account.
The nominees are:
Eliud Kipchoge (athletics)
Faith Kipyegon (athletics)
Ntando Mahlangu (para-athletics)
Christine Mboma (athletics)
Edouard Mendy (football)
Tatjana Schoenmaker (swimming).