One of Namibia’s medal hopefuls at the ongoing Athletics World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Chenoult Lionel Coetzee, says he is aiming for a strong start as he prepares to compete in the long jump tomorrow.
The 25-year-old long jumper secured his spot at the ongoing competition after shattering the 15-year-old national long jump record with an 8.27m leap back in April, breaking the previous standing record of 8.24 m, which was set by Stephan Louw on 12 January 2008.
Hailing from Walvis Bay, Coetzee is poised to compete tomorrow with the full support and confidence of his coach, Belinda Oberholzer.
“He is not only in excellent spirits but also more focused than ever. Considering the magnitude of this prestigious competition, he also understands the need to perform at his very best. I firmly believe he is fully capable of achieving that, which is why he earned his place here,” the coach said.
Regarding Coetzee’s expectations and personal goals for the tournament, Oberholzer said they understand the challenges and competition that lie ahead and have set realistic goals.
“Through our hard work during the preparations, he hopes to advance to the final stage. His positive mindset is bolstered by the overwhelming support he’s receiving from our home country, further fuelling his confidence as he looks ahead to Wednesday’s performance,” she said.
Also speaking to this publication yesterday, Athletics Namibia (AN) president Erwin Naimhwaka said he is hoping for a good showing from all three athletes, as he believes they did well to have qualified for the competition.
“I am excited to see how the three guys will do, but I also trust that they have prepared well enough and will do anything in their power to make the country proud. We are rallying behind them, and I urge all Namibians to show them the same support as they embark on this tough journey,” he said.
Namibia’s representation in the competition includes three athletes, namely Coetzee, Tomas Reinhold, a marathon runner, and Alina Armas, a long-distance runner.
According to online statistics, Namibia has only managed to win six medals from previous competitions, including one gold, four silver, and one bronze.