- 18 year old Cape flats boy breaks 100m sprint record -
- He plans to bring home gold from the SASA National High School Championships
- Unfortunately funding is an issue as he is from the Congo and is still under refugee status
Mukendi Makolo is an 18 year old boy from the Western Cape and he says that he is ready to take on the world and run in the footsteps of his idol, Usain Bolt.
He has been given the Bolt at his school, Plumstead High. He clocked a 100-metre sprint in just 10.65 seconds, this made him the fastest boy in the entire province, reported IOL News.
This new record was captured at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl, at a provincial meet. Makolo has set his eye on the prize to win gold at the SASA National High School Championships taking place in Potchefstroom next week.
Briefly.co.za learnt that 10 seconds flat is the current U19 100m sprint record, that was set in 2014. Makolo plans on breaking this.
“Today you can run a fast time, tomorrow a slow time; it’s all about consistency. Other athletes might have run a faster time before then.”
“I wasn’t looking forward to inter-schools as it is always so easy to win.”
He strives to make his province and school proud.
“I am overwhelmed by this opportunity and wanted to cry (when I won), but I had to compose myself and be strong.”
“My school and peers support me so much, so when I run, it’s to show them that their support and efforts are not in vain but that it drives me.”
Coby Stevens is his team manager and thinks extremely highly of Makolo.
“To all the Grade 8s he’s a hero. Teachers are saying learners are writing about him in their essays.”
Even though Makolo has what it takes, his dream may never be a reality due to funding.
“The tour is R4 500 and teachers and learners have pledged to donate towards the funds. Makolo is originally from Congo and is still under refugee status; however, we are trying to assist him with his papers too.”
You can assist Makolo by contacting Verline Leo, the secretary of the school governing body, on 083 867 6557 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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