Matlapeng Hands Mosalagae Revenge

| January 11, 2015

Young Sesebo Matlapeng on Saturday, January 10 handed Kaelo Mosalagae bitter sweet revenge at the Botswana Athletics Association cross country series as he beat the latter with a second to cross the line first.

The Lefika Athletics Club duo, always ignite sparks on the course when they meet where the race becomes the battle of the veteran and his proteacuteeacute.

It all started in November in Kopong during the first series of the cross country in yet another tightly contested duel which subsequently saw Mosalagae snatching it in 37:37 just a second ahead of Matlapeng who clocked 37:38.

The runners indeed did not disappoint over the weekend as they set themselves apart from other senior men from the start joined by Kelebonye Sembowa who plunged towards the last 100m.

Ultimately, it was Matlapeng who emerged the finest finishing at 40:40 as Mosalagae finished at 40:41, SSKB’s Sembowa trailing behind him at 40:55.

After the weekend meet in Gaborone, it is now clear that spectators are in for a treat in two weeks’ time, where troops from the North and South will clash for the ultimate prize in the championships.

In an interview 23 year old Matlapeng attributed his triumph to his ability to sprint stating that as a young and upcoming long distance runner, he wanted to match up the lead runners from the on go knowing that he will beat them at the finish as he can sprint.

He could not hold his excitement after beating Mucilage whom he said shares training programme with, ” I look up to Mosalagae in that he has been around for some time and he shares his training programme with me, but I needed to beat him today to give myself a worthy birthday gift since I am turning 23 today.”

Nevertheless, he said the race was a tough one in that they ran in the afternoon in the heat and also the course had many obstacles. He further stated that he will be working on endurance as he prepares for the finals knowing that competition will be tougher with all the long distance runners from all over the country.

BAA spokesperson, Ipolokeng Ramatshaba highlighted that the race was a success and look forward to the finals which will be held at the same spot in front of the Gaborone technical College.

He therefore, called on Batswana to come and witness the race and encourage their children as they compete. He said BAA needs sponsors to hold the finals and hence called on sponsors to come on board and assist them in any way they could.

In the 8km senior women category which had only two athletes, Sportsview’s Onneile Dintwe emerged the winner in 32:28 whereas Gaborone Runners Club Matshidiso Tamare came second in 44:18.

Bobonong’s Otshegeditse Ramankhi scooped the 8km junior men finishing at 28:50 his teammates Rebaone Motlhagodi and Ernest Maluta came second and third in 28:57 and 29:12 respectively.

The junior women category saw Bobonong trio finish in top three with Musa badubi in position one at 26:31, Botho Marope in second at 26:53 and Tshephang Ramankhi in third at 32:49.

Jwaneng athletics club’s Thabo Mareletse scooped the 6km youth boys at 22:25, Mpho Diphoro of Bobonong in second clocking 23:19 and Ontumetse Mmotlanyana of Lefika in third with 24:38.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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