Athletes Put Up Impressive Performances At Kip Keino Classic!!

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Team Botswana recorded impressive performances at the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour Gold that was held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 20th April 2024. Botswana had sent eight athletes thletes Bayapo Ndori (400m), Leungo Scotch (400m), Obakeng Kapemberuka, Letsile Tebogo (200m), Tumo Nkape(800m), Oratile Nowe(800m),Tumo Van Wyk(400m) and Galefele Moroko(400m).

Ndori won the men’s 400m in a time of 44.10s and recorded the World Leading Time while Scotch came third in the race recording a new lifetime best time of 44.45s. Obakeng Kamberuka took the fourth position in her 400m heat final recording a time of 52.85s.

Nkape registered a personal best time of 1.45.95s finishing in the 6th place in the men’s 800m. Nowe registered a time of 2.00.56s finishing in the 6th place in the women’s 800m.

Van Wyk finished in the 6th position in the men’s 400m with a time of 46.13s while Moroko took position seven in the women’s 400m with a time of 53.79s. Letsile Tebogo took position two to register a season’s best time of 19.71sec with a slight margin behind America’s Courtney Lindsey.

In an interview, Maun Track and Field Club Coach Meleko Ndolo said his athletes had a very good performance that was impressive but it requires hard work to come manage their speed as they are ahead of the program. Ndolo stated that two of his athletes Thomphang Basele (400m) and Ketlhobogile Haingura(800m) were supposed to be part of the team unfortunately Basele suffered an injury while Hainguira lost his passport and was unable to travel.

Ndolo noted that the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour is a meet where most high-profile athletes compete providing an opportunity to easily gauge athletes’ performance as part of preparations.

The mens’400m winner Ndori told Times Sport that his World Lead performance was not part of their plan with his coach because they are still behind with the training, program ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics. He stated that all in all his performance shows that they are on the right track to attempt podium finish at the Olympics.

“I am so happy for the performance though it was not my plan to run thus fast time, it just happened because of my hard work and passion,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has selected four athletes from Maun Track and Field Club that include Ndori, Scotch, Anthony Pesela, Kamberuka and their Coach Kebonyemodisa Mosimanyane to be part of the team which will represent the nation at the 2024 World Athletics Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. The championships are scheduled from 04-05 May 2024 and the team reported for a preparation camp on the 23rd April 2024 at Adansonia Hotel in Gaborone.

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