South Africa-based athlete Glyn Fly Phiri, who recently won silver in 90 kilometres (km) Comrades Marathon, has advised local athletes to develop an intensive training programme if they are to succeed.
The 35-year-old, who is currently in the country, has won over 30 medals since turning professional in 2016, and attributed his success to intensive training.
“What I have noted is that most of the athletes train when there is a competition. This is where they get it wrong. You need to have an intensive training programme which you must follow through,” he said.
Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) president Godfrey Phiri also shared the same sentiments.
“We have been tracking his record. He is doing well in South Africa. The local athletes can borrow a leaf from him,” he said.
Gyln said he was encouraged to turn professional by his sponsor Sebabatso Mohapi after she noted his potential.
His first participated in Comrades Race, an international marathon which attracts over 23 000 participants, in 2016 and won the Bill Rown medal.
This year, he won silver in June after clocking 7:30hrs in the 93rd edition of the marathon held between the cities of Pietermaritzburg Durban.