The country is abuzz following local sprinter Sibusiso ‘Swazi Bolt’ Matsenjwa stunning performance in Tokyo, Japan.

Justifiably so, it’s been a while since the sports movement witnessed such.  It has equally been enthralling to see our nation unite over the impressive performance.

It is a record in itself that the man we all love to call ‘Swazi Bolt’ set two national records in a matter of hours in the Olympics Games. Earlier on in the day, Matsenjwa set the 200m record at 20:34 before breaking it with an impressive time of 20:22 seconds a few hours later. All hail ‘Swazi Bolt’. We at the Eswatini Sport and Recreation Council (ESRC) take the opportunity to heartily congratulate him for such an amazing feat. There is no doubt that Matsenjwa has done the whole nation proud with a brave and solid performance.

As stated above, the fact that he managed to set two National Records in a matter of hours is indeed a record in itself. He has done all of us proud.

We are fully aware that he eventually failed to qualify for the finals, where we all hoped to see him compete, but the name Sibusiso Mastsenjwa will live for eternity in the hearts of all Emaswati. He has engraved his name with iron ink in the country’s Hall of Fame. This was his third Olympic showing. He made his debut in London 2012. His second appearance was in Rio 2016.

The country’s upcoming sprinters have a challenge ahead. It will not be easy to break the new record. They have to work extra hard to set a new one. Matsenjwa has set the pace. We as an organisation always encourage improvement from our sports people.

Let us also thank the officials, coaches and the other athletes as well making up Team Eswatini for their commitment and dedication.  Swimmers Simanga Dlamini and Robyn Young and boxer Thabiso Dlamini may not have fared well, but they have age on their side. They still have a number of Olympic Games ahead of them.

Well done Team Eswatini!

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