Arguably one of the best athletes in Namibia, Olympic medalist Christine Mboma has enjoyed a successful career on the tracks but her journey has not been very smooth.
Christine Mboma recently suffered a terrible injury that saw her drop out of a race where she had a big chance of winning.
Here are all the details of Christine Mboma’s injury, her recovery journey and her return and victory on the tracks.
Details about Christine Mboma’s injury
On the 7th of May 2022 during the Kip Keino Classic in Kenya Christine Mboma suffered a tear in her upper thigh in the middle of the 100m race and had to be carried out on a stretcher. Watch the video below.
With top athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson and Elaine Thompson-Herah pulling out of the 100m at the Kip Keino Classic, Mboma was a fan favourite in the race and was closely following Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was in the first place and clocked a record time of 10.67 seconds.
Proving to the world that she is a beautiful person inside and out, after her big win, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce went to comfort and cheer up Christine Mboma. When the video circulated online, the athletes’ fans were moved by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s kind gesture.
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Christine Mboma's recovery and return
Following her mid-race injury in Kenya, Christine Mboma received medical attention to lessen the pain and enable her to return home for further medical examinations and treatment.
She made a full-recovery and was selected to represent Namibia in the Commonwealth games that were held in August 2022 in England where she made it to the finals in the 200m race and won bronze coming third after Nigeria’s Favour Ofili and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah.
Following her big win at the Commonwealth games, Mboma took to Instagram to celebrate her victory and appreciate everyone who had supported her during her recovery.
“Loved my first commonwealth games and happy to win bronze medal for my country after coming back from injury.🥉🇳🇦,” she wrote.
“Thanks everyone for your support during my recovery,” she also added.
Christine Mboma’s Olympics setback
Suffering from an injury in the middle of a race was not Christine Mboma’s first setback in her career.
In 2021, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which was pushed to 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic, Christine Mboma and her compatriot Beatrice Masilingi were withdrawn from competing in the 400m race after they both tested positive for high testosterone levels.
They were both however allowed to participate in the 200m race and Mboma delivered a historic victory for Namibia scooping Silver in the race which was also Namibia’s first Olympics medal.
Christine Mboma is truly like the mythical Phoenix who keeps rising and winning despite the challenges that come her way. We can’t wait to see her in 2023 hoping it will be a bigger year.