2022 Commonwealth Games: Lesotho review

By ‘Mamohaila Rampo

MASERU

Lesotho’s very own Athlete Mokolubete Makatisi has put up a good fight in the 2022 Commonwealth Games and settled for position 8 in the women‘s  marathon with a personal best of 2:36:05.

Lesotho is so far promising in the Commonwealth games, securing a number of wins under various sporting codes.

Team Lesotho left the country on July 24 to compete at the 2022 CommonwealthGames in Birmingham, England competing in four sports: athletics, weightlifting, boxing and cycling.

On the first day of the Commonwealth games, Boxing team started off to a good start with Qhobosheane Mohlerepe winning 5:0 on points against Atmatzidis Odysseas from Cyprus in men’s preliminaries 60-63.5kg. Thus he advance to last 16. However, his victory was short lived since in a bid to advance to the quarterfinals, on day three of the games, Mohlerepe lost 5-0 on points to Wyatt Sanford of Canada in men’s over 60-63.5kg category.

The only Lesotho weightlifter at the game, Thapelo Sebota recorded a total lift of 186kg which was 80kg in snatch and 106kg in clean and jerk. He finished at position eight in men’s 61kg final.

The Indian weightlifter won the gold medal in the men’s 73kg event at Birmingham 2022, Achinta Sheuli secured India’s third gold medal in the men’s 73kgweightlifting event on day three – Sunday. According to the International Olympic Committee website, India has won six medals so far, all of them in weightlifting.

On the second day of the games – Saturday, athletes Motlokoa Nkhabutlane, Lebenya Nkoka and Tšepo Mathibelle represented Lesotho in men’s category while Mokolubete Makatisi competed in the women’s competition. Makatisi put up a good fight and settled for position 8 in the women ‘s  marathon with a personal best of 2:36:05, Mathibelle also made a seasonal best of 2:38:52, he finished at number 17 while Nkhabutlane did not finish the race.

Veteran Lebenya Nkoka finished at position 15 with seasonal best of 2:32:52.

On day 2 of the boxing preliminaries, 67-71kg Arena Pakela faced Isaac Zebra of Uganda, Pakela declared a victory of four to one points over the Ugandan boxer Zebra. In 54-57kg Moroke Mokhotho took on Ilyas Hussain of Pakistan on a referee stop contest.

Today Lesotho’s very own Mojela Koneshe and Manqabang Tsibela will represent the county under Men’s 100m Round 1 of the Athletics Marathon while Tebello Ramakongoana will compete under  Women’s 800m Round 1.

The games will run until August 8.