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Stern Liffa, Asimenye Simwaka in Games mood

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Athletes Stern Liffa and Asimenye Simwaka are looking forward to leaving a mark at this year’s Commonwealth Games after making the grade during the African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius last week.

Liffa is already in camp while Simwaka went straight to the Malawi Armed Forces College in Salima District to complete her military training and will join camp later.

Liffa said he was determined to perform well at the Games.

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“I competed against top athletes in Africa and I am happy with my performance. I will not relax ahead of the Games,” Liffa said.

Simwaka also said she was confident of doing well.

“I am really motivated to do well. I want to do my country proud,” she said.

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As a token of appreciation for the two runners’ outstanding performance, Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) rewarded the two runners and their coach, Pachisi Nyasulu, with K250,000 each.

Simwaka and Liffa set best personal best records in the Indian Ocean island nation to qualify for the Games.

Upon arrival on Wednesday, the two athletes and Nyasulu received a warm welcome at a Sunbird Hotels’ luncheon at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe.

Moc General Secretary Henry Sakala said they were happy with the runners’ performance.

“We are happy with the performance of the athletes and we want other athletes to also perform well. Time has come for Malawian athletes to start winning medals. Whatever they have received is aimed at motivating them to lift medals at the Commonwealth Games,” Sakala said.

Malawi is expected to send athletes in netball, boxing, aquatic, judo and athletics.

Liffa set a new personal best of 10:33 from 10:58 in 100 metres (m) and 20.88 from 21.92 in 200m.

Simwaka managed 52:9 in 400m and 22:92m in 200m.

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