Beatrice Masilingi is one of the greatest sprinters in Namibia who has put the country on the map despite being only 19 years old.
Here is a look at Namibia’s golden girl’s journey to greatness and fame. From her early life and education, her career, and her net worth; this is everything you need to know about Beatrice Masilingi.
Beatrice Masilingi’s early life and education
Beatrice Masilingi was born on the 10th of April 2003 in Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region. She was raised in the Kehemu informal settlement in Rundu by her grandmother whom she cites as her biggest influence.
She studied at Noordgrens Secondary School in Rundu where she developed an interest in the 100, 200 and 400 meters races.
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Beatrice Masilingi’s career
Beatrice Masilingi began her career when she was still in high school. Her talent was identified by the Kavango East Regional Team under the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) in 2018 during the National Youth Games in Windhoek in which she was a participant.
In May 2019, at the age of 16, she won three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meters races during the COSSASA athletics competition that was held in Manzini, Eswatini.
Later in July 2019, she won gold in the 200m and 400m races during the Southern Africa Athletics Championships in Moka, Mauritius. She also participated in the 2019 African Games which was held in August in Rabat, Morocco finishing 7th in the 400m.
She continued to secure more wins in 2020 when she represented Namibia at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi Kenya and scooped a gold medal in the 400m race. She set an African U18 best and Namibian senior record of 50.99 s. Later in November, she won gold in the 100, 200, and 400 metres races at the Namibian Championships in Windhoek.
In April 2021, Masilingi competed at the All-Comers Meet in Lusaka, Zambia where she ran 200m in 22.72s setting her new PB and a Namibian record in the 200 metres. She participated in the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meet at the Kusociński Memorial in Chorzów, Poland where she won gold in the 400m in 49.88 s setting a stadium record.
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Beatrice Masilingi Tokyo Olympics
Beatrice Masilingi together with fellow Namibian athlete Christine Mboma suffered a setback ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which was held in 2021 after they were both withdrawn from the 400m after they were both tested for high testosterone levels.
She was however allowed to participate in the 200 m race in which she was also qualified. She ran in 22.28 s which was her personal best and was placed sixth.
What is Beatrice Masilingi’s net worth?
The exact value of Beatrice Masilingi’s net worth is currently unavailable although sources indicate that the young gifted golden girl has accumulated impressive wealth from her fast speed on the tracks and her partnership with Adidas.