Luiza Gega became the first Albanian athlete to take part in a final of the World Athletics Championships, which took place this year in Doha from 27 September to 6 October.
Gega finished in ninth position with a time of 9 minutes and 19 seconds his performance in the final of the 3000 meters hedges, setting a new Albanian national record. Record that allowed her to qualify for next year's Olympics in Tokyo and to become the first Albanian athlete to compete in a world final.
His records and successes achieved in these years have a sort of double value given the lack of consideration of the discipline in Albania: in Tirana, for example, there is not even a professional athletic track on which to train. The last remaining was that of the "Qemal Stafa" stadium, demolished in the 2016 to make room for the new "Arena Kombëtare"
From the 2016, consequently, Luiza Gega and her trainer - Taulant Stërmasi - were forced to train at the park of the lake of Tirana, among hundreds of citizens who practice jogging along a narrow path, or at the Elbasan Arena, which has a athletics track but not all the necessary infrastructures.
In this sense, Stërmasi stated in several interviews that his athlete, with a quality training currently not available in Albania, would have the potential to achieve far better performances and become contender for an Olympic medal.
However, the state budget for the discipline has never allowed Luiza Gega to be able to train in the best conditions, although it takes only a few thousand euros to get her trained in some other European country.
Luftëtarja jonë izaLuiza Gega ia doliiiiiii aKa mjaftuar qe kronometri te shenoje 9: 19.93 ne Kampionatin Boteror ...
Luiza Gega, an Albanian middle-distance runner and siepista, holds the national record in 800, 1500 and 300 meters. She approached athletics at the age of 13 years, before starting high school. In the Olympic Games held in Rio three years ago, it was Albania's standard bearer during the opening ceremony.