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Mixed fortunes for Asimenje Simwaka

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The country’s athlete of the moment Asimenye Simwaka underlined her class yesterday when she broke 100m national record twice Friday during her maiden Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

However, despite her feat, it was not enough to take her to the semifinals of the top event, having battled against reputable world figures.

In the preliminary round, Simwaka came second in heat number three after clocking 11:76 beating the national record of 12:25 which Susan Tengatenga clocked several years ago.

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In this heat she was behind Joella Lloyd.

In round one heat seven, Simwaka anchored their eight-member event but her feat was enough to break her own record for the second time.

USA athlete Teahna Daniels led the standings after finishing 11:04 whereas Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith came second 11:07.

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Ivory Coast star Murielle Ahoure was third finishing 11:16.

Coach Pachisi Nyasulu hailed Simwaka for the exploits.

“She broke the record twice in the preliminary round and main round (quarterfinal). At first, she did it at 11:76 and then 11:68. Asimenye has now set a new record,” he said.

Simwaka was particularly impressed with her performance.

“Being my first Olympics I think I have done well. I will continue working hard,” she said.

The multi-talented athlete, who is also a striker for the Malawi Women’s National Football Team, is now a holder of three records in Malawi at 100m, 200m and 400m.

Following the development, Simwaka has also qualified for the African Championships on merit, having initially qualified for the same event at 200m and 400m.

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