Sprinter Mupopo aiming high


RUNNER Kabange Mupopo is targeting breaking the world record in 400m.
In an interview on arrival at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday, Mupopo said she wants to reach the highest level in 400m.
Mupopo (below) finished fourth in 400m with 50.87seconds at the International Association for Athletics Federation (IAAF) Intercontinental Championship in Marrakech, Morocco, last Saturday.
With that achievement, Mupopo was ranked first in Africa.
Marita Koch of Germany is the current world record holder in 400m with 47:60 seconds she set in 1985.
But Mupopo said she is on the right path having improved her personal best time from 53:67 to 50:87seconds during the tournament in Morocco.
“I am very happy with my performance in Morocco and I want to improve by next year. My target is to reach 47:00 seconds,” said Mupopo, who is the national women’s soccer team skipper.
And Saviour Kombe said his performance this year has improved.
He said hard work will be key as he seeks to win medals at international competitions.
Kombe thanked the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) for the effort it is making in improving the sport.
ZAAA president Elias Mpondela said the association is impressed with the performance of the duo.
Coaches Douglas Kalembo and Ralf Mouchbahani said the input ZAAA is putting in is bearing fruits.
Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo was on hand to receive the runners.

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