ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
RUNNER Mupopo Kabange yesterday cruised to the semi-finals of the 400 metres at the ongoing International Association for Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in London.
Mupopo timed 51:09 seconds to win heat three of the women’s category ahead of Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, who clocked 51:26 seconds.
Latvian sprinter Gunta Latiševa-Čudare finished third after timing 51:37 to complete the list of runners that qualified for the semi-finals from heat three.
United States of America’s Allyson Felix won heat one after clocking 52:44 while Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas claimed victory in heat two timing 50:97 seconds.
Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain finished first in heat four with an incredible timing of 50:57 to set a new world record.
Mupopo, who holds a personal best of 50:87 seconds, is targeting winning a medal this time after reaching the semi-finals two years ago in Beijing, China.
She also reached the semi-finals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
In the last two years, Mupopo has won gold at the 2015 All-Africa Games in Congo- Brazzaville and Confederation of African Athletics Senior Championship in Durban.
Mupopo will today battle it out with other athletes in the semi-finals for a slot in the final.
Sprinter Sydney Siame is also scheduled to take to the tracks in the 200m race today.
Siame’s personal best time in 200m is 20:36 seconds.