Zambia’s runner Kabange Mupopo put up a disappointing race in the women’s 400 metres to finish seventh with record time of 51:88 seconds at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Diamond League in Doha, Qatar.
The first and runners up positions were won by United States of America athletes Francena McCorory (50:21s) and Sanya Richards-Ross (50:79s) while Jamaica’s Stephanie McPherson (50:93s) finished third in the race on Friday night.
Mupopo who looked determined in the first half of the race, but lost the vim and vigour about 100 metres away from the finishing line.
Diamond League is a lucrative event for best athletes in the world that showed consistent excellent performance.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) communications manager Davison Mung’ambata described the race as very competitive for Mupopo being her first time to compete at such a level.
“This event has best athletes in the world hence its very competitive. Participation is by invitation which indicates that Mupopo is among the promising best athletes in the world.
“This was the first time she was competing in a Diamond League and I am positive that she will do better in the next event, “ Mung’ambata said.
He advised Mupopo not to lose focus because of the result but to remain determined and aim for the best.