Namibian teenage sprint Goddess – Christine Mboma sent tongues wagging on Thursday with another spectacular performance in Zurich, beating Shericka Jackson and Dina Asher-Smith to win the women’s 200m at the 2021 Wanda Diamond League final.

After a sluggish bend that saw Asher-Smith take the lead into the back straight, the 18-year-old sprinter from Kavango East [Namibia], Mboma ambushed her way into the lead in the final 20m finishing in 21.78 seconds, ahead of Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson [21.81] while Dina Asher-Smith came third in 22.19 seconds.

“When I crossed the finish line, I did not know that I had won,” said Mboma, who had to switch to the half-lap event from her favoured 400m earlier this summer due to DSD regulations.

“Then I just saw my name and I was like: ‘Wow!’

“This season was quite tough and very busy. I did a lot of races so now I am feeling a bit tired.

“This trophy means a lot to me. I am glad I was able to run here and get this victory, but I still have some two more competitions in my schedule.”

Mboma, a silver medallist in the 200 metres at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo [first ever Namibian woman to win an Olympic medal] established her credentials during the 2021 World Athletics U-20 Championships where she won gold in the women’s 200m final.

By Godfred Kwasi Yeboah