Athlete of the moment, Stern Liffa, has engaged an extra gear in his efforts to become the first Malawian to qualify for the Olympic Games.
The Malawi University of Science and Technology student has since called for close supervision and support to achieve his goal.
“I want to be the first Malawian athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games if the ban on sportsis lifted. That is, if I will be properly monitored and helped,” Liffa said in reference to the suspension of sporting activities due to Covid-19.
Liffa has taken advantage of the break to work on his weaknesses.
“I am always training. I am training more often and harder than before. Since I am not busy with school, my target boosting my stamina,” he said.
Liffa has been breaking records since he joined athletics two years ago.
He first broke Eston Kaonga’s national record [21:88] when he competed in an international championship in Gaborone, Botswana in 2018 after clocking 21:78
Last year in August, Liffa also broke the 100m national record after posting 10:79 beating the previous record of 10:88 which Kaonga set in New Zealand.
Liffa then turned to his own 200m record after improving it to 21:31 from 21:75. He also broke his own 100m record, improving it from 10:79 to 10:71.
“It was one of my best moments. I achieved at the World Championship in Qatar,” he said.
In spite of his impressive performance, Liffa was actually a footballer who turned to athletics after some runners noticed his performance.
“I joined athletics in July, 2018. I was a footballer before and I was very fast with the ball. So some athletes noticed my skills and encouraged me to join athletics. It was a day before an open national track and field championship. I competed without training but managed to beat all the athletes in both 100m and 200m, thereby winning gold medals in both events. This really put me in the game,” he said.
Last year, Liffa was voted sports man of the year in the Malawi Sport Awards organised by Malawi National Council of Sports.