After testing positive for the Covid-19 virus at the World Athletics Junior Championships in Kenya, last year,Prudence Sekgodiso quit the sport.
Thanks to her coach Samuel Sepeng who convinced her to continue. She has been unstoppable this year and unbeaten in all her races.

The 20-year-old qualified for the World Championships in the USA in July and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August in emphatic style.

She destroyed her field running 1:58:41 seconds to win the women’s 800m final at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold at the Kip Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend.
Sekgodiso ran the second-fastest time in the world this year.

Speaking about the reason behind her premature retirement, Sekgodiso said: “I was down cause it was my last year as a junior and I wanted to show myself, I wanted to show-up out there, you know- to encourage the youngsters (yah) something like that”

“I was demotivated in a way cause I wanted to leave this athletic thing cause that Covid thing it was really a long thing I did two test after that and they both came back negative and they said the first it might been false so it was all over my mind I couldn’t focus” Sekgodiso explained.

The 20-year-old became the second female after the multi-Olympic 800m gold medallist and the poster girl of SA athletics Caster Semenya to qualify for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Although she looks up to Semenya, she does not want to be, compared to her.

“I want be the next Prudence I wanna encourage the youngsters where I come from you know to be like but at some point I wanna be like her but I don’t wanna be the Caster but I wanna be Prudence” said Sekgodiso.

Sekgodiso wanted to run a sub-2 minute, and she did it in style. She wants to run in the Diamond League Series in Europe. She fulfilled her dream of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Games.

By Charles Baloyi

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