In 2020, and at the young age of 18, she became the fastest hurdler in the world for her age group, stopping the clock at 13.07 seconds. And one year on, the athlete’s fighting spirit is still flying high: «My ultimate goal is to take part in the Olympic Games», explains Ditaji, who is well on track as she has just claimed both the Swiss 60 metre hurdles title and Under-20 Swiss record with a time of 8.10 seconds. Athletics: a discipline that runs through her veins. The youngest of four sisters, she was introduced to running by watching them, who are all runners, including the sprinter and multiple medallist, Mujinga Kambundji. «It’s a real strength, and we support each other a lot. We even train together.» With a calm and cheerful nature, Ditaji admits to changing her personality when she takes to the track as it helps her to keep her balance. «My style is a mix between dynamism and a touch of aggression. I am stubborn, once at the starting line, I only have one goal: to run the perfect race.» The perfect race is achieved with one key element: precision. «The connection between my sport and watchmaking is precision. With it not only can I win a race, but it’s also an extremely valuable quality in a watch!»
Ditaji’s personality was a deciding factor when we asked her to join the Friends of the Brand family, explains Stéphane Waser, Managing Director of Maurice Lacroix. «Ditaji demonstrates a fighting spirit and undeniable talent. Just under the age of 20, her character traits have already transformed her into a great athlete. We are delighted to join her in her unstoppable race to the top!»
Ditaji has already embraced several of the brand’s watches: «I love the AIKON. I think it’s young, stylish and sporty. But even more so than the watch’s aesthetics, I especially appreciate how affordable the brand is — the prices are very reasonable for luxury watches — and the relationships I’ve been able to forge with the team members. I am not just an ambassador for the brand, they want to join me on my journey, which is something that I really value».
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