After a fair performance in the just concluded 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Westnile athlete Shida Leni has opted to forget about what transpired than to focus on what is coming up next.
Having failed to qualify through timing, her European tour only yielded fruits as she made it through the newly introduced ranking system.
Having made it, she did all she could to make a semifinal but fell short as her 6th finish with a timing of 52:48 seconds was inadequate given the presence of Allyson Felix of USA (50:84 seconds), Jamaican Roneisha McGregor (51:14 seconds), Lada Vondrová of Czeck Republic (51:14 seconds) and British Ama Pipi (51:17 seconds) in that order. Ahead of Shida in the 5th position came Brazilian Tiffani Marinho (52:11 seconds).
In an interview with www.westnilesports.com, the Westnile MAYANK Games product opened up as;
“I did not have ample time to prepare for the Olympics due to the pandemic yet the people I competed with in Japan qualified back in 2019 and have been preparing all along”.
Apart from the pandemic, Shida also got irked about the surfaces she trained on which are totally contrary to the ones at the Olympics as;
“Due the inaccessibility of Namboole for training sessions, I was forced to train on grass yet the Olympics are held on hard surface and that negatively worked on my preparations”.
But will all that gone, Shida’s major focus now is to qualify for 2022 Commonwealth Games due in Birmingham from Thu, Jul 28, 2022 – Mon, Aug 8, 2022 as well as the World Championships in Oregon, USA slated for Fri, Jul 15, 2022 – Sun, Jul 24, 2022.
Having not made it to the Olympics through timing, she should be in a somehow comfortable zone given that qualification times for the Commonwealth Games and World Championships are usually lower than that of the Olympics and it is highly hoped that Shida will have a fair ride into this.
Olympics aside, it should be remembered that two years ago in the Qatari capital of Doha, Leni became the first Ugandan sprinter to feature at the World Championships since Davis Kamoga scooped 400m silver at the 1997 Athens edition and bronze at the summer Olympics at Atlanta in Georgia.