Botswana Comes Second At Regional Champs

| June 16, 2015

Botswana finished on position two, thus scooping five gold, seven silver and five bronze medals at the Southern Region Senior Championships in Mauritius over the weekend.

Botswana was in an uncompromising mood in the men’s 400m and scooped a gold medal through Gaone ‘Lux’ Maotoanong, who clocked 46:11 seconds. A silver medal in the same race through Sakarea Kamperuka (46:29 seconds) and Karabo Sibanda (46:79 seconds) won a bronze.

The country snatched three other gold medals in the relay events.

The 4times400m men’s relay team of Maotoanong, Kamperuka, Sibanda, and Boitumelo Masilo ensured that they brought gold home after recording 3:12:83 minutes, while the 4times100m race team, which comprised Baboloki Thebe, Karabo Mothibi, Maotoanong and Keene Motukisi, also hoisted the flag high by scooping a gold medal after clocking 40:53 seconds.

The 4x 400m women’s team made up of Christine Botlogetswe, Goitseone Seleka, Oarabile Babolayi, and Galefele Moroko continued the relay teams gold winning momentum as they finished first with 3:40:87 minutes.

The fifth gold medal was won by high jumper, Gobe Takobana who recorded 2.10 metres to win gold. He also won silver in long jump. Tshwanelo Aabobe won silver in the triple jump.

Thebe went on to win a bronze medal in the men’s 100m with a time of 10:44 while Mothibi won bronze in the 200m with 21:52 seconds.

Leungo Matlhaku scooped a silver medal in the women’s 200m clocking 25:54 seconds as well as a bronze in the women’s 100m after clocking 11:92 seconds.

In the 800m, Boitumelo Masilo claimed silver medal after finishing on position two with 1:52:65 minutes. In the women 400m, Seleka won silver after clocking 54:75 seconds, while Babolayi clocked 59:50 to win silver medal in the hurdles.

Interviewed by BOPA, team manager, Moses Raphutshe said the competitions were used as a qualifier for the World Championships that would be staged in China in August, and the All Africa Games in Congo.

Raphutshe said no athletes from the eight participating countries managed to achieve the standard qualifying times.

But he was confident that Botswana athletes would ultimately qualify for these big competitions during other events.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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