Malawi runner Tereza Master settled for position 98 out of 157 contestants in the Athletics Women’s Marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, on Sunday.
The 27-year-old crossed the finish line in 2:48:34 hours, almost 25 minutes behind the eventual gold medalist Kenyan Jelagat Jemima Sumgong.
This leaves male athlete Kefasi Chitsala as the last hope for the five-athlete Malawi squad at the Rio Olympics. The 22-year-old is expected to compete in men’s 5 000m race on tomorrow.
Archer David Areneo alongside swimmers Amara Pinto and Brave Lifa stuttered few days ago. Areneo stumbled in round of 32 while Pinto and Lifa failed to be among the top 16 swimmers that qualified into the next round in their respective women’s and men’s 50m freestyle races.
On Master’s performance, Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) general secretary Frank Chitembeya said although her position is not impressive, she has represented the country well.
“Much as the position is not impressive, she tried to represent the country well. We just need to be focused and nurture her for future championships. Master has the potential to upset the records,” Chitembeya said.