MASERU — Heptathlete Selloane Tšoaeli broke her own national long jump record with a 5.89m leap at a Yellow Pages Series event in Durban, South Africa, last Saturday.
The athlete smashed her previous best of 5.70m set last year as the 25-year-old continues her promising early season form in a big year for athletics.
Last month Tšoaeli became Lesotho’s first athlete to qualify for the African Senior Championships which will be held in Kenya after she surpassed the 4 900-point qualifying benchmark.
Tšoaeli is now using the Yellow Pages Series to boost her form in heptathlon’s seven events — 100m hurdles, 200m and 800m running, javelin, shot put, high jump and long jump.
However, Tšoaeli’s compatriots are struggling to qualify for the continental championships.
Relebohile Mosito clocked a time of 54.76 seconds in the 400m hurdles in Durban, more than three seconds shy of the 50.94 qualifying time.
Sprinter Mosito Lehata ran 22.46 seconds in the 200m in Durban and 10.60 in the 100m in Potchefstroom.
Both times are still short of the 10.44 seconds and 21.24 required times for the 100m and 200m respectively.
Meanwhile, local athletes Makampong Masaile and Ramolefi Motsielo will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland on March 28.
Masaile came fourth, behind compatriot Tšepo Ramonene who finished second at the Confederation of Southern Athletics Cross Country Championships in Seychelles on February 27.
But the team to go to Poland had already been chosen.
Before the trip Lesotho is expected to send an 11-strong team to the South African Senior Track and Field Championships from March 18 to 20.
“We already have the names of the athletes we hope will make up the team but it’s not a final list,” Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association spokesperson Sejanamane Maphathe said on Monday.