Athlete Stern Liffa has qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a new personal best record of 10:33 in the 100 metres (m) race.
Liffa achieved the feat on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Senior African Championship in Mauritius. His previous personal best was 10:36.
However, the Malawian failed to replicate his form in the semis as he clocked 10:45 to bow out of the continental event.
Liffa can now start preparing for the Commonwealth Games as he has managed to beat the competition’s B-standard qualification time of 10:36.
The Games’ A-standard for elite athletes is 10:24.
Coach Pachisi Nyasulu said Liffa was extraordinary in the quarterfinals.
“He managed to break his personal best record, which is not a mean achievement,” Nyasulu said.
Athletics Association of Malawi General Secretary Frank Chitembeya applauded Liffa for the qualification.
“Liffa is not in the elite athletes’ category but his new personal best in the 100m race has enabled him to qualify for the Commonwealth Games,” Chitembeya said.
Liffa came into the limelight in 2019 when he broke Eston Kaonga’s 100m and 200m national records.
Kaonga’s 100m record was 10:88 and Liffa reduced it to 10:79.
Since then, Liffa has been reducing it to 10:72, 10:58 and 10:36.