Relay Team Books Olympic Ticket

| May 4, 2015

Botswana men’s 4×400 metres relay team has qualified for the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games.

The world championships will be held in Beijing, China in August while Rio de Janeiro , Brazil will hold the Olympics. The team qualified after coming eighth at the final of the World Relays Championships on Sunday (May 3).

The quartet of Sakaria Kamberuka, Isaac Makwala, Leaname Maotoanong and Onkabetse Nkobolo showed their intension when they finished on position three in the heats and recorded their season best of 3:03:08 minutes.

United States of America won the heat with a time of 3:02:81minutes, followed by Jamaica with 3:02:98 minutes. In the finals, Botswana came across relay specialists such as the United States, Bahamas and Jamaica, but managed to finish on position eight after recording 3:03.73 minutes. The top eight countries qualified for both the Olympics and the World Championships.

Captain Isaac ‘Badman’ Makwala said in an interview that they were happy that they had qualified for both World Championships and Olympic Games. He said hard work and determination saw them through.

Makwala said after finishing third in their heats, their coach Justice Dipeba told them to enjoy the race in the final.

“We just relaxed and took the race as it came, and I would say we tried our level best to be where we are. But that’s not enough, we will keep on pushing and I am confident that next time we will do better,” he said.

Makwala, who has already qualified for the world championships by virtue of him being the African Champion in 400m, said there will be no break for them since they wanted to prepare for their next meeting.

This is the sixth time the men’s 4x400m team has qualified for the Olympics. The team also represented the country at Atlanta, USA in 1996, Seoul, South Korea in 1988, Sydney in Australia in 2000, Athens in Greece in 2004, and Beijing in China in 2008.

Meanwhile, the women’s 4x400m relay team failed to qualify after finishing on position five in the heats with a time of 3:39.42 minutes.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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