Popular sprinter Benjamini Richardson has described his recent performance at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia as a letdown.

In 2020, the 18-year-old won a silver medal in the 100 meters in Nairobi, Kenya, but won a bronze medal in South America with a time of 10.12 seconds.

Botswana’s Letsile Teboga broke the U/20 world record with a time of 9.91 seconds in the men’s 100m final.

Richardson could not hide his disappointment as he wanted to improve his game in Nairobi and win the gold medal in Colombia.

“I’m not very happy, but I came home with a medal, so there’s something to be proud of. I was hoping to come back with gold, but that’s the way it is,” said Richardson.

“I’m very proud of myself to at least come back with a medal and I didn’t execute my race properly in the final so there was a lot that could have been done.

“[The competition] was much harder, but after 100 m [race]my body was a bit tired, so getting to the 200m was a bit of a challenge because we didn’t have a break in between.

“It’s like a downgrade, but this time it was a more complete competition with the UK and a lot of countries that weren’t there last year.

“But we’re always looking for improvement and I’m down a bit. I need to train more and hopefully next year I can come back with a better one [result].”

Charles Baloyi

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