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Asimenye Simwaka eyes 100m national record

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Malawi’s athlete of the moment Asimenye Simwaka has promised to smash 100m national record at Tokyo Olympics expected to start from July 23 to August 8.

Simwaka, who is among five athletes that will represent the country at the world showpiece, said it was possible to break the national record.

“This is what I am longing for. I am quite prepared to achieve my mission. I am not going there for sightseeing but to show that I can compete favourably at world stage. This will show the nation and world that Malawi has good athletes as well,” she said.

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Currently, the 100m national record [female] is at 12:25 seconds but Simwaka is confident that she can run the distance in 11 seconds even though it will be the first time to compete at this level.

“I am now concentrating on 100m because I was advised that I can do better in this category and not my usual 200m and 400m. This is my first time at Olympics and first time to compete in 100m. Going forward I would like to be competing in all those events from 100m, 200m and then 400m,” she said.

The Malawi Women’s National Football Team player last month won a gold medal in 400m at national athletics championship in Cameroon.

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She clocked 52.57 seconds to beat her record of 52.59 seconds but missed the Olympic Games qualifying time of 52.35.

The 22-year-old athlete also won another gold in 200m at the Cameroon national championship breaking the national record of 23:74 by clocking 23:46 seconds but missed Olympics qualification on merit by 46 milliseconds.

Simwaka (Athletics), Harriet Boniface (Judo), David Areneo (Archery) and two swimmers, Phillip Gomez and Jessica Makwenda will represent the country at Olympics.

Athletics coach Pachisi Nyasulu alongside other coaches Yona Walesi [Swimming], Tawina Mtaya [Archery] will be part of the delegation while Judo Coach Ryoma Kudo will also join the team in Japan.

Malawi’s delegation will also include Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama, Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama, Malawi National Council of Sports acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka, Principal Secretary Oliver Kumbambe, Moc President, Jappie Mhango, General Secretary John Kaputa and administrator Naomi Chinatu.

Chinatu is travelling as a Covid-19 Liaison Officer for Team Malawi.

Moc Vice President Flora Mwandira is the leader of the delegation.

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