AFRICAN 400 metres gold medallist Kabange Mupopo will be back on the running track next month to prepare for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Coach Douglas Kalembo said Mupopo needed enough time to rest because she trained hard during the last seven months.
Kalembo said the long rest will not have any negative impact on the athlete but will be a rejuvenating factor for her.
“Mupopo resumes training next month. She is still in shape and it will not be difficult for her to reach the required fitness level,” he said.
He said his focus was to ensure that Mupopo reduced her personal best time of 50.22 seconds because the Olympics were very competitive.
“I believe she can run below 50.22 seconds. Mupopo is a determined and hardworking athlete hence this is was achievable. The Diamond Challenge competition will help her prepare adequately,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kalembo has advised other Zambian athletes not to lose focus but work harder next year to win medals.
“Consistency in athletics is important. Medals don’t come easily, it takes years of hard work. What is important is working hard and maintain discipline,” he said.