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= all time 400 meters on the senior list.
It was also a season lead that she snatched away from the two top American’s 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. Masilingi actually took second in this 400m with #2 in the world time for 2021 with 49.53 (almost 1 second off her previous national record). Masilingi is also another talent (born 2003). Both are not now 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. 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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