Namibian sprint sensation Beatrice Masilingi, who was sidelined a few months ago with a torn hamstring and damaged tissue in his right leg, bounced back strongly on Sunday with a thrilling 200m win.
The event took place at the Charrière Stadium in Switzerland.
Masilingi won the race with a season best of 22.29 seconds, followed by Poland’s Anna Kiełbasińska in third place with a time of 22.76 seconds, which is also a personal best. Third place went to Germany’s Alexandra Burghardt, who set a personal best of 23.04 seconds.
The Resisprint International is a World Athletics Continental Tour challenger event that attracts some of the world’s best athletes from various races
A few months ago, during the Gaborone International Meet in Botswana, Masilingi had a limp in the middle of a race after tearing a hamstring that also damaged other surrounding tissues in her right leg.
The 19-year-old Namibian sprinter, who now runs and trains under new coach Hennie Kriel from South Africa, had been through a recovery process and last weekend’s race was the first of many steps on her road to full recovery.
Aged 18, she finished sixth in the women’s 200m at last year’s Tokyo Olympics with a personal best of 22.28 seconds after reaching the final alongside fellow Namibian sprinter and eventual silver medalist Christine Mboma .
Masilingi won both the 100m and 200m medals at last year’s U/20 World Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. She also achieved the second-fastest U/18 world time over 400m and the third-fastest U/20 world time in history with times of 50.42 seconds and 49.53 seconds, respectively, which she achieved in Pretoria, South Africa in December 2020 meanwhile, April 2021 lined up at the All Comers Meet in Lusaka, Zambia.