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Sierra Leone sprinter opens 2015 track season in U.S.

April 15, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leonean sprinter, Hafsatu Kamara, who represented the country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, has opened her 2015 track season in Arizona in the United States of America.

The California State Northridge University graduate, who currently trains at the World Athletics Center in Phoenix, Arizona under an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, started her season in the 200 meters clocking 24.44 seconds.

Kamara is also expected to compete in the April 17 & 18 track and field event at the Mt Sac Relays in California where she hopes to continue to better her time as she builds up towards a solid 2015 season. The event commences this weekend.

The 22-year-old could possibly represent Sierra Leone in the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China and in next year’s Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

Kamara was born in the United States to Sierra Leonean parents but chose to represent Sierra Leone. She first competed under the country’s colours in the 2013 African Senior Championships in Burkina Faso where she helped Sierra Leone’s female relay team to scoop gold in the 4×100 meters relay. She went on to win bronze in the 100 meters at the same Championships.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she was unable to qualify from heat 5 round one after clocking 12.14 seconds behind Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, Asha Philip of England, Cyprus’s Anna Ramona, and Rachel Johncock of Wales respectively.