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Baboloki Thebe: Gem in making

The emergence of Baboloki Thebe has proved that with good development structures, Botswana can produce classy sprinters.

Thebe set a new national junior record in 100 metres at the Sports View International meet held at the UB Stadium on Saturday (May 23).

The 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics 200m silver medalist recorded his personal best by clocking 10:29 seconds during the competitive race, beating Zimbabwean Franco Zimwara by 15 seconds.

Before the start of the race it was evident that 2nd Africa Youth Games 200m Gold medalist, 100m bronze medalist wanted to set a new record.

As spectators at the UB Stadium celebrated his achievement, the Ramonaka-born lad was calm as usual, perhaps knowing that he still had to prove his mettle in the other race which he enjoys; 200m.

Once again, he was pitted against strong opponents from Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana, but was the first to hit the finishing line with yet another personal best of 20:59 seconds.

Zimwara came second with 20:94 seconds while on position three there was Namibian athlete, Ernst Narib with 21:55 seconds. Keene Motukisi of UB finished fourth with 21:55 seconds. Thebe said he was delighted to have clocked a good time in 100 metres.

“Personally I enjoy 200m because there I am always confident of recording a good time. But, today look at how I performed in 100m,” he said. However, he said he was not shocked by his performance because he has been training hard in preparation for the meet.

He said he climbed Lobatse Hills as part of his preparation for recording good times. Thebe said he was confident that this year he would come up with new times.

He said whatever he achieved last year was history as he was now focusing on fresh things.

“To be honest the two races times have motivated me, therefore I will continue to work hard because I have realised that with hard work, dedication and commitment nothing is impossible,” he said.

The 2015 Botswana National Sports Council Junior Male Sportsperson of the year’s intension is to qualify for the Olympics. Sports View International meet chairperson, California Molefe said Thebe’s performance in 100m was outside of this world.

He said the time he recorded qualified him for other events such as All Africa Games and World junior Championships.

“He performed very well. I must say to run 20:59 seconds is not a joke more especially for a junior athlete. All in all, his race stood out as the best race in the men’s category,” he said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Athlete's profile

Date : May 26 Tue,2015


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