Zambia’s Kabange Mupopo has stormed the semi-fianls of the on going 2017 international Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) Championship in London, United Kingdom. The Zambian Female runner won heat three of women 400m in a 51.09, to qualify and progress.
Mupopo finished ahead of Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson (51.26) and Latvia’s Gunta Latiseva-Cudare. The 2015 All African Games gold winner will be joined in the Semis by some notable names like Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and IAAF World Champion Allyson Felix.
The current women’s world record is held by Marita Koch, with a time of 47.60 seconds. Meanwhile, the current men’s world record is held by Wayde van Niekerk, with a time of 43.03 seconds. Mupopo had an uphill battle to challenge for the world record which needs her to improve by over 3 seconds.
The 24 years old Mupopo started athletics in 2014, running 53.44 for 400 metres in her first official meeting. She went on and represented Zambia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she ran 53.09 and was eliminated in the semi-finals. On 5 August, she took gold in 51.21 at the African Championships in Marrakech, breaking the Zambian record.
Zambia’s local athletics has a lot of room to grow with the local Association heavily marketing the less professional inter-company rely with the annual national championship struggling to attract the much needed publicity and marketing funds.