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Makwala to lead team to Asaba

Botswana has selected a very formidable athletics  team to compete at the 21st Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Senior Championships.

The championships will be held at Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria from August 1-5.

In 400m  men and 4x400m relay, Botswana will pin its hopes on Commonwealth 400m gold medalist, Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe, who is currently the reigning Africa Champion,  Onkabetse Nkobolo, Leaname  Maotoanong and  Loungo Scotch.In the women’s 400m and 4x400 m relay, Amantle Montsho, Christine Botlogetswe, Galefele Moroko,  Loungo Matlhaku, Tsaone Sebele and Goitseone Seleka are expected to stamp their authority in Africa.

Matlhaku and Sebele will also compete in the 100m individual event, while Keene Motukisi and Karabo Mothibi will carry the country’s hopes in the men’s 100m.

In the 800m, Boitumelo Masilo and Nijel Amos, will represent the country. Amos, is expected to defend the title he won two years ago in the same competition in Durban.

At the  20th CAA African Senior Championships, Botswana left a very lasting  impression, winning  three gold medals in the men’s 4x400m relay, with a time of  3:20.20 ahead of Kenya and South Africa, in the 400m by Thebe and 800m by Amos, while Ruri Rammokolodi won bronze in the long jump event.

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) vice president, Kenneth Kikwe said in an interview that he was confident that Botswana selected an arsenal of athletes who would represent the country with zest.

He said Karabo Sibanda, who was the 2016 African Senior Championships silver medalist, did not make the cut to the team, due to an injury he sustained at the Commonwealth Games.

“That’s our strongest team, the only problem we are facing is shortage of funds to prepare the team. We hope to bring some medals. Other countries here are scared of us as we do registrations,” he said.

For his part, track and field analyst, Billy Tambula said this year’s edition, would be tougher than the previous ones as it would be used to select  a team that would represent Africa at the IAAF Continental Cup in  Ostrava, Czech Republic in September.

Tambula regretted that the team did not have field events athletes, despite the fact that they continue to prove themselves in different competitions.

“In 2014 in Marrakech, we got  six medals with gold from high jump, we managed to win five medals from the previous championships with a bronze from long jump,” he said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : 21st Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Senior Championships.

Date : Jul 11 Wed,2018

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