ZAMBIA’S 400 metres runner Kabange Mupopo wants to break her best 50:87 seconds personal record during the Invitational tournament in Germany this Sunday.
In an interview from Germany, Mupopo said she was not impressed with her performance at the Diamond League last weekend in Qatar with time of 51:65 seconds.
She said the Diamond League was a competitive tournament but was determined to reduce time in the Sunday’s event.
“I am looking forward to a new personal best record. Time is an important factor in athletics and an athlete always aims at reducing the record time. I have been training hard and this time I will not lose focus,” she said.
And coach Douglas Kalembo who is also in Germany said athletics had put Zambia on the world map again since Samuel Matete’s brilliant performance.
“Now it is not only one person doing it but we have three Zambian athletes for the World Challenge in Senegal, one in Germany running this weekend. It’s not easy to reach those heights hence calls for hard work from athletes and Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA),” he said.
Meanwhile, Titus Kafunda and Sydney Siame leave today for World Challenge tournament to be held in Dakar, Senegal, this Saturday.
ZAAA communications manager Davison Mung’ambata said the US-based athlete Gerald Phiri will join the other two in Dakar.
He said Kafunda will compete in 100m and 200m while Siame and Phiri in 100m.
“Their boarding and lodging in Dakar has been facilitated by the local organising committee and ZAAA through the Germany Cooperation programme,
“The Dakar World Challenge tournament is very important for our athletics development programme because it will be used as the qualifier for the Congo Brazzaville All Africa Games and the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China,” he said.