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Montsho, Makwala dominate Ruimsig Liquid Telcom Athletix Grand Prix

After a stunning performance at the Lobatse Super night meeting, Botswana’s 400 metres runner, Amantle Montsho went on to send a strong message to her competitors during the Liquid Telcom Athletix Grand Prix in Ruimsig on March 1.

Montsho clocked 50.66 followed by Christine Botlogetswe with 52.07 while Wenda Nel of the University of Stellenbosch won bronze with 52.19 leaving Goitseone Seleka in position seven with 56.42.

In the men’s 400 metres, Isaac Makwala shocked Africa by clocking 45.03 in his first race of the season.

Also sharing the same track with Makwala was Onkabetse Nkobolo who clocked 46.09 to finish fourth while Pako Seribe won silver in a different 400 metres heat.

Makwala also competed in the 200 metres but he did not leave lasting impression probably due to fatigue, as he finished in position five with a time of 20.89 while position one and two went to Anaso Jobodwana and Clarence Munyai from the University of Pretoria respectively.

In 100 metres men, promising athlete Karabo Mothibi managed to finish fifth with 10.39 despite a tight line-up with the likes of Simon Magakwe, Henricho Bruintjies and Thando Dlodlo.

In 100 meters women's category, Leungo Matlhaku finished on position two with 11.55.

In field events, Kabelo Kgosiemang recorded 2.10 metres in high jump to finish fourth while Tshwanelo Adobe jumped 2.05 metres to finish in position seven.

Athletics analyst who was with the team in South Africa, Billy Tambula said Montsho started the race with a reserved approach for the first bend and gradually increased her speed to attack the back straight.

“You could really see how fluid she was going as she closed on both Wenda Nel and Goitseone to quickly control the race. On the home straight you could see that she was really pushing hard looking at the clock,” he said.

 According to Tambula, Montsho executed her race well hence she managed to lower her Season Best, expressing confidence that she was on the right track and not far from her best despite the tight schedule this season.

Talking about Makwala, he said the athlete controlled the race from start to finish given that he started with a steady pace for the first 100m then powered hard to lead the race.

On the home straight, he said Makwala had done his job, adding that he was also stronger than expected looking at the fact that it was a season opener for him.

“With a couple of races I see us likely to have the Isaac we had last year. He looks like a man in very good shape,” he said.

About Matlhaku, he said her reaction was good hence she covered the first 50 metres with a good time.

“She remained amongst the rest for a good part of the race and she was only beaten on the line. To me she fought considering that it was a tough race, but she still continued to lower her times. I thought she had a relatively good race,” he said.

Another Athletix Grand Prix Series will be held on March 8 in Tshwane. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Liquid Telcom Athletix Grand Prix

Date : Mar 04 Sun,2018

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