Makwala in Action Tonight

| June 11, 2015

The African 400m record holder, Isaac ‘Badman’ Makwala will be in action this evening in an IAAF Diamond league meeting in Oslo-Norway.

Makwala who started the league on a low note, is expected to redeem his pride given that his track nemesis, LaShawn Merritt of United States of America and Kiran James of Grenada will not be present.

In the world challenge held in Kingston Jamaica last month, Makwala finished on position five after recording 45:10 seconds.

He was outclassed by Yousef Al-Masral of Saudi Arabia who won the race with a time of 44:59 seconds followed by Lashawn Merritt who finished in second position with 44:80 seconds Jamaica’s Javon Francis came third with 44.90 seconds while position four went to Jonathan Borlee of Belgium with 45.06 seconds.

In Shangai Diamond League meeting, Makwala clocked 46:28 and finished on position six and then finished on position seven in Eugene, Oregon. However, his performance in Eugene was big improvement of time recording 45:33 seconds.

Now, today with James, Merrit and Christopher Brown of Bahamas absent can Botswana’s 400m specialist rise to the occasion and hit the finish line first and also record a convincing time?

The Oslo provisional start list is made of Makwala , Nick Arenader Ekelund of Denmark, Steven Gardiner of Bahamas, Great Britain will be represent by Matthew Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney, and Delano Williams, Czech Republic will field Pavel Maslak, and the host will be represented by Karsten Warholm.

On paper, Makwala can easily win the race looking at his competitors. The athlete told BOPA that he has prepared very well.”After Eugene race, I had good training and I hope for something new in the race,” he said.

From Norway, Botswana’s Makwala will travel to Rabat Morocco, where he will compete in the IAAF World Challenge on June 14.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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