Botswana Athletes Impress Frankie

| June 11, 2015

Current 200 metres African record holder, Frank ‘Frankie’ Fredericks, says Botswana is an athletics success story in the region.

In an exclusive interview, the former Namibian sprinter said he was impressed by the country’s consistency in producing top athletes.

The 1993 World Championships gold medalist observed that Botswana continues to unleash highly competitive athletes in the likes of Karabo Sibanda and Baboloki Thebe.

“Look at the athletes this country is producing. Think of Isaac Makwala, Nijel Amos, Amantle Montsho and Kabelo Kgosiemang. The country always has at least one athlete competing at international level,” he said.

Fredericks is a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes Commission. He is also chairperson of the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) Athletes Commission and member of the executive committee of the Namibian National Olympic Committee.

He disclosed that part of his mission to Botswana was to establish why the country was doing well in athletics and to share the findings with other countries in the region. He emphasised that it was important for other countries in the region to benchmark in Botswana.

Fredericks also hailed the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics 200 metres silver medalist, Thebe, for his good performance during the Senn Foods Botswana National Athletics Championships that was held on Saturday.

He said Thebe applied all the techniques required in athletics.

“People don’t understand that you have to blast out of the blocks and run around the bend like you are a mad man in the first 50 metres. That is exactly what your rising star did. He managed to relax in the last 50 metres,” he said.

Fredericks said Botswana has an asset which needs to be maintained in Thebe. He said his coaches should make sure that he does not run too many races and desist from participating in too many senior competitions.

Fredericks is a four-time silver medallist (100m and 200m) of the Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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