Malawian athlete flops at London World championship

Malawian athlete Ndacha Happy Mcherenje swallowed his pride that he would break the international record by finishing on position 44 out of 77 athletes in 2.21:39 during the world athletics championship marathon in London on Sunday.

Mcherenje in white leading first three minutes

Mcherenje, who participated at the world athletics championship without a coach, showed lack of tactical nouns by bursting into the lead inside 3 minutes of the 42km race.

He also made headlines back home when he declared that he would break the world athletics Marathon championship record.

His performance also ignited a hot debate after controversial general secretary Frank Chitembeya calling it a brilliant performance.

“Our athlete lacked speed and endurance. I don’t think we are very far away from doing well. We just need exposure,” he said on social media.

But his remarks drew criticism with most people saying it was not a performance worth celebrating.

“We are very far away to say the truth. Our athletes should first fight to break national record of 2.17:00. Don’t worth mediocrity otherwise will not work hard to win medals at international competitions,” he said.

Mcherenje who is a soldier based at Moyale Barracks went without coach Always Zingile who blamed Athletics Association of Malawi for undermining the importance of a coach at such competitions.

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6 years ago

Why are Malawians so cruel to their own people? He has the courage to represent his country in difficult circumstances, without a coach and when he attains a respectable 44th place, that is described as ‘flops’. Respect this ambassador for Malawi, don’t mock him. He did his best.

6 years ago

keep it up bro, were proud of u. position 44 its an achvmnt

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