Makwala Will Bounce Back – Dipeba

| June 15, 2015

Isaac ‘Badman’ Makwala’s coach, Justice Dipeba has urged Batswana to be patient with the African 400m maven.

Dipeba said in an interview after Makwala finished fifth at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway on Thursday (June 11) evening that at times it happened that an athlete failed to start well, only to improve as the season progressed.

As such, he said Batswana support would help Makwala do more on the track and improve his performance.

On Thursday (June 11) evening, Makwala lost in the last 100m of the race. Steven Gardiner of Bahamas won the race with 44.64 seconds followed by Great Britain’s HudsonSmith-Matthew who recorded 45.09 seconds.

On position three was Pavel Maslak of Czech Republic with 45.39 seconds while Martyn Rooney of Great Britain finished fourth in 45.46 seconds.

Meanwhile, Dipeba said he still needed to talk to Makwala to find out what went wrong during the race.

Initially, Makwala was given lane five, only to be moved to lane seven later on that day.

That, Dipeba said was not good for the athlete and it might have affected his race plan and mental preparedness.

Further, Dipeba said lane seven was not ideal for any athlete because they would not be in a position to see other runners as they attacked their competitors.

“What I saw is that Makwala did not get a good start as you could see from his reaction that he was last from the blocks. This might have made it a bit difficult because he had to work hard to cover the distance he had lost from the start,” he explained.

However, Dipeba said he was still resolute that the reigning African 400m record holder would bounce back.

He also said it had been a tough path for Makwala because he had sustained a hip injury from the World Relays in Bahamas last month.

Nonetheless, he said the athlete was recovering well and would soon be back to his best performance.


Source : Botswana Daily News

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