Botswana shines

| September 8, 2015

Botswana’s starlet, Karabo Sibanda, claimed the country’s first gold medal at the on-going Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa on Tuesday (September 8). Sibanda clocked a personal best of 45:83 seconds to win the 400m race ahead of favourite, Jamal Walton, of the Cayman Islands. Bronze medal went to Indian runner, Chandan Bauri.

After Botswana athletes missed podium finishes at the IAAF World Championships, Sibanda ensured that the country’s flag was hoisted high and the national anthem was sung at the Apia Park Sports Complex.

The 2014 African Youth Games gold medallist had been confident that he would win the race. “I will come home with a gold medal. I know Batswana are thirsty for a medal, I will deliver gold, and I mean gold medal and nothing less,” he said in an interview before the race.

After the race, Sibanda said he was happy to have set his new personal best time, adding that he enjoyed the race because something was telling him that he was going to win. He said his coach told him how to deal with his opponents on the track and it paid dividends given that he dominated the race from the start to finish. Meanwhile, both Aobakwe Malau and Thabiso Sekgopi went through to the finals of the 200m race.

Sekgopi finished on position two in heat four with personal best of 21.22 seconds, while in heat three Malau finished on position three with a personal best of 21.45 seconds. The finals were set to take place early this morning.

At the on-going African Games in Congo, swimmer, Naomi Ruele was the first athlete to ascend to the podium to claim Botswana’s first medal. Naomi recorded a national record of 29.70 in the 50 metres backstroke, finishing on position two and winning a silver medal Gold medal went to Jashley Cooper of South Africa, while bronze was won by Alexus Laird of Seychelles.

In Karate, Lame Hetanang won silver medal in the under-50 kg, while Thato Malunga got bronze medal in the under-55kg Kumite. In Kata Ofentse Bakwadi won a Bronze Medal for Botswana.

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