The new national marathon racing record holder, Magdalena Shauri, has vowed to bring home a gold medal from the Summer Olympics 2024 which she gets to participate in Paris next year.
Speaking in Arusha where she got a standing ovation and grand reception after winning a bronze medal during the recently held Berlin Marathon, the ace runner from Arusha said she was confident of earning a gold in France in 2024.
Magdalena participated raced at the Berlin Marathon 2023 in Germany where she finished in the third slot of the women’s race.
She flew back home and upon landing in Arusha the athlete said her next major feat is the forthcoming Olympics.
The female runner won the bronze after covering the 42 kilometers Berlin using 2:18:41 and breaking a National Record in the process. She was third after Ethiopian and Kenyan lady runners.
Magdalena who is an athlete from the Arusha base of the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces said it is all about her practicing hard now in preparation for the big event next year.
The Tanzania female runner has automatically qualified to participate in the forthcoming Olympics 2024 in Paris, Germany.
“I appeal to the Tanzania Association to set up a proper preparatory base for the country’s Olympics team to ensure that the local athletes get fully equipped to bring home medals”.
At the moment Tanzania has three qualified athletes who will be representing the country to the Paris Olympics next year. The games are to be held from July 26 to august 11, 2024.
The other two sports envoys happen to be all males, including Alfonce Simbu and Gabriel Geay both from Arusha, just like Magdalena.
On his part Alphonse Simbu also promised to work hard in ensuring that a gold medal from Paris comes to Tanzania next year, in his bag.
However Simbu said the country needs to support sports men and women instead of just waiting for them to win and then come forward to congratulate them.
The Arusha Regional Athletics Association secretary, (ARAA), Rogath Steven said Tanzania still has ample time to enlist more local runners to participate in the Paris Olympics.
“We have until May next year to submit the list of athletes that will represent Tanzania to the Olympics 2024 in France, we therefore need more support from stakeholders in the preparation of the national team,” said Rogath.
He explained that in the next eight months, Tanzania needs to send more athletes to participate in a series of international events so that they may qualify for the Olympics 2024.
Regional Commissioner, John Mongela promised to support the national Olympics team should the organizers decide to set preparatory camp in Arusha.