Christine Mboma will miss World Championships due to an injury
Namibia’s first female to win an Olympic medal will have to miss World Championships due to a thigh injury that uncovered complications
On May 7, Mboma was competing in the Kip Keino Classic in Kenya when she pulled up clutching her thigh. Just a week prior, she recorded the third-fastest 200m time of 2022 with a 21.87 at the Gaborone International Meet in Botswana. Originally, Mboma’s medical team thought she would be ready to compete at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships, but that plan has clearly changed.
“There’s actually a reason why the injury occurred and that is because of a growth plate in her left hip that they picked up wasn’t developed fully and that needs to be sorted out,” Mboma’s coach, Henk Botha shared. While the injury is certainly a setback, Botha went on to say, “The good news is that the medical staff say if they fix the hip, she can be even faster. I am excited and happy that we can get back to training and she can just be the wonderful Christine that she is on the track, running and enjoying life.”
By Marc Salinas
Mboma is an 18-year-old athlete from Namibia that hitting the track in 200m on fire this season. She already clinches a silver medal in the recent Olympics in Tokyo with a time of 21.81, a new World Junior Record (U20). And after a week, she competed in the World Junior U20 championship at Kenya Nairobi, where he gets 21.84, a new Championship record for a gold medal.
And two days after, she and her Namibia relay team clinch the silver behind the jamaica led by Clayton twins (New World Junior Record) in the 4x100m relay (42.94). Christine Mboma burst out for the fastest u20 anchor leg split in history by 9.86 seconds to catch up with the two teams in her front to finish for silver.
For those athletes who don’t know about the issue about her, this athlete is a ban from certain events where she is born to race (400m) and was declared ineligible for the longer race because of a genetic condition that raises their testosterone levels. Christine Mboma’s real event is the 400m, where she hits the sub 49 (48.54) fastest 400m record for U20 (Not ratified because of her high testosterone levels).
Christine Mboma and Masilingi to miss Olympic 400m over World Athletics testosterone rules
July 3, 2021
Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, who ran the fastest women’s 400 meters time of the year on Wednesday (June 30), will not be allowed to compete over the distance at the Olympics because of World Athletics’ rules on testosterone levels.
Mboma and compatriot Beatrice Masilingi, both 18, were made to undergo an assessment by World Athletics. The results indicate that the pair have differences in sexual development (DSD) and high natural testosterone levels.
Under the global governing body’s rules, such athletes must take drugs to reduce their naturally-occurring testosterone if they want to compete in women’s events ranging from 400m to a mile.
It means neither will be able to race over their preferred distance at the Olympics in the short term.
Both have qualified for the 200m, however, which they are allowed to run.
The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) issued a statement confirming the situation and that the athletes had been tested in Italy, where they are training.
“It is important to understand that both our athletes were not aware of this condition neither did any family member, their coach, or the NNOC-CGA were aware of it,” the NNOC said.
Christine Mboma of Namibia 48.54
Christine Mboma has set a World Junior Record in the 400m. The 18-year-old stopped the clock at 48.54, setting a world lead at the Irena Szewińska Memorial meet in Poland. Christine Mboma put 25 meters in second place against a world-class field of seasoned athletes.
She has lowered the world Junior Record 3 times this year 49.24, 49.22, and now 48.54. The 7th fastest time in History.
Christine Mboma is looking like being one of the favorites in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
After Salwa Eid Nasir of Bahrain, who went third on the all-time list in 2019 with 48.14 and led the Olympic qualifiers, was served a 2-year drug ban.
Results: 2021 Irena Szewinska Memorial, a World Athletics Continental Tour gold level series, in Bydgoszcz Wednesday, June 30. Women’s 400m
ALL Time 400m Womens
Road to Tokyo 400m (Salwa Eid Nasir is off the list)
Mboma Does it again
World Junior Record for Christine Mboma
Article by Andrew Pirie, Vice President of the ATFS
April 11, 2021
Namibian Teenager Christine Mboma, just 17 years of age (born in 2003), helped herself to a huge Personal best of 49.24 at the Allcomers meet at the National Heroes Stadium Zambia.
Running in Lane 1, Perhaps missing the sound of the gun, Mboma sat for an unusually long time in the blocks. When she noticed the other runners had already taken a step out of the blocks, she reacted to the start.
She had many catch-ups to play up, but she steamed down the back straight to make up for the big head start she had given the rest of the field. Catching the field by around 220 meters. Because of that, she looked to have run fairly even splits of 24.0 and 25.2.
Christine Mboma’s performance was a new world junior record-breaking the 30-year-old mark of 49.42 from Grit Breuer of Germany set at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. The performance was the 19th= of all time, 400 meters on the senior list.
It was also a season lead that she snatched away from the two top American Shamier Little and Quenera Hayes, who had run 49.91 and 49.92 respectively at Miramar Florida the day before April 10 at the Miramar Invitational in Florida.
More than a second, she shattered the Namibian record of 50.42 from Beatrice Masilingi set last year on December 12, 2020, at AGN League 5 in Pretoria, Africa. Mailing took second in this 400m with #2 in the world time for 2021 with 49.53 (almost 1 second off her previous national record). Mailing is also another talent (born in 2003). Unfortunately, both are not in the favorite seat for the World Junior Championships in Kenya, later in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Christine Mboma looms as the greatest star to come out of Namibia since Frankie Fredericks, the 1993 World Athletics 200m Champion. Before this year, her best 400m was just 51.57. However, she opened with 51.59 on the 13th of March before lowering that to 50.97 on the 27th of March.
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