Athletics great Samuel Matete says female runner Kabange Mupopo has a lot to learn after tumbling at the IAAF World Championships in China.
Mupopo on Tuesday tumbled to a disappointing eighth place finish in the 400m semi finals.
In an interview with Lusaka Times in Kitwe, Matete said Mupopo tried her best at the Beijing event despite failing to reach the final.
“There is a lot our athletes can learn from the World Championships. Kabange did very well but she has a long way to go,” said the former 400m hurdles World Champion.
“I am encouraging Kabange to continue training hard and I am sure she will get there one day,” Matete said.
On 17-year old Sydney Siame, Matete said it was tricky to rate the performance of the youngster at the China competition.
Siame made his first appearance in qualifying heats and was honored to run alongside Usain Bolt but could not make it to the semifinals.
In the 200m men’s heat, Siame missed out on the opportunity to reach the semi finals after finishing seventh with a time of 21.08 seconds failing to beat his personal best of 20.53 seconds.
“Sydney is a very young athlete, someone would even wonder why they (ZAAA) picked him to go to the World Championships when he just returned from the Youth Olympics,” he said. “It is very difficult to rate Sydney. I can only say it is good for him to learn but otherwise he has a long way to go,” Matete observed.