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Namibia: Athletics Stars’ Recovery On Track

BEATRICE Masilingi and Christine Mboma are on the mend, their coach, Henk Botha, says. Both stars experienced mid-race injury misfortune on the international scene within the space of a week.

Masilingi, who limped off midway through the women’s 100m at the Gaborone International Meet in Botswana on 30 April , is expected to return to action by next week after making a swift recovery from a torn hamstring.

The 19-year-old’s hamstring problems first flared up in the United States (US), where the two Olympic stars were fine-tuning for the loaded season ahead.

Masilingi missed Saturday’s Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi, Kenya, where Mboma crashed out of her 100m showdown with Jamaican legend Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce with a groin problem.

Mboma (18) is recuperating in Johannesburg, with a prognosis on her time on the sidelines to be determined after 10 days.

“They [specialists] said the 10-day review is ahead of what they scheduled for, and we may see Beatrice back on the track sooner than expected,” Botha said on Tuesday.

Botha is optimistic that Christine, who was presented with the BBC African Sports Personality of the Year award for 2021 at the meeting in Nairobi, will also not be out of action for too long, so she may still compete at the African Games which takes place in Mauritius in June.

“There’s a torn muscle on the upper thigh. There’s a problem with the growth plate in her left hip, and they have to rectify that through rehabilitation,” Botha said.