Christine Mboma, in the footsteps of Frankie Frederiks

Namibian Christine Mboma made athletic history as the only woman under 20 to have run the 200m in under 22 seconds. The 18-year-old Namibian had this historic performance in Tokyo at the Olympics, finishing second in the 200m, in 21’81, behind Jamaican Elaine Thomson-Herah. World Athletics has thus ratified this time as the U20 world record. The previous record belonged to Sha’Carri Richardson, who scored 22’17 in 2019. She obliterated compatriot Allyson Felix (22’18 in 2004), arguably the greatest sprinter in history. This means that Mboma really has a future in the sprint which promises to be bright, after her title of U20 World Champion and winning the 200m in the Diamond League. Sacred best female hope by the CAA, she was also in the race for the world title which finally went to the American of Sudanese origin Athing Mu, specialist in the 800m. Frankie Frederiks, one of the greatest African sprinters of all time, can be proud of his young compatriot and heiress.

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