Sierra Leone’s Long-Distance Runner Set For Liberia Marathon
Sierra Leone’s Long-distance Runner, Augustine Sheku Momoh, fondly called Sheku Marathon, is preparing to represent Sierra Leone in the Liberia 10k marathon which will be hosted in Monrovia on Sunday 28th November 2021.
Sheku is recognized as one of the proud winners of the Liberia marathon which he comfortably won in 2013. As a top marathoner, he has represented Sierra Leone in several local and international competitions, including the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011, the ECOWAS Junior Games” which was held in Ivory Coast in 2012 and several major competitions.
Due to the lack of financial support and injuries, Sheku was forced to take a break from running a marathon and focusing on nursing his injury all by himself over the past 9 years.
Despite failing to get into a training camp for long-distance runners in Kenya, which he was hoping to use as a training program to rebuild and develop his career, he continues to train individually in the Waterloo axis.
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Sheku said with all the disappointment, he has developed courage and determination to keep doing what he likes through the moral support he is getting from his role models, former Sierra Leonean Veteran 400meters Athlete Prince Duwai who is now an athletics coach in the United Kingdom and also Coach Sellu Aruna of Waterloo Athletics Camp.
“Both coaches are doing their best in terms of setting the standards for my training sessions and also providing moral support to keep me in the sport. As an athlete, I’m preparing to represent Sierra Leone individually in Liberia without any support from the government, but I strongly believe that I will return home with a medal for my country“. He said.
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However, Sheku has been appointed as a volunteer Brand Promoter in Sierra Leone for the 2021/2022 Liberia marathon.