Letsile Tebogo reacts to first loss of the season after defeat to American underdog in Nairobi

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Letsile Tebogo reacts to first loss of the season after defeat to American underdog in Nairobi

Joel Omotto 11:35 - 21.04.2024

Botswana sprinter Letsile Tebogo has reflected on his first defeat of the season following his loss to American Lindsey Courtney at the Kip Keino Classic.

Botswana’s world 100m silver medallist Letsile Tebogo feels making it to the final of 100m and 200m at the Olympics will be a major step for him.

Tebogo suffered his first loss of the season when he clocked an identical 19.71 with Lindsey Courtney from the US but the American dipped first.

The world 200m bronze medallist got off the blocks well but slowed down on the curve in a bid to beat Courtney on the home straight but the American showed great pace and resilience to secure the win.

Tebogo says his aim was to execute a perfect race in Nairobi and not really the position as he builds up towards the Olympics and was delighted to have clocked a season’s best.

“I expected him to do something crazy because he ran a 19.8 last week and I did my 19.9 three weeks ago,” said Tebogo.

“I am not disappointed, I am really happy because we have almost a week getting the legs rolling after we ran sometimes in South Africa so we have to rest a bit and get the legs rolling again.

“There was no particular time we had today it was just to execute everything perfectly. It is amazing to be back in Nairobi after four years plus so it was quite fun for me.

“Making it to the final will be my first achievement at the Olympics but we will see as the season goes on.”

Tebogo will now switch focus to the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas next month before turning his attention to the Diamond League.

“The first Diamond League will be in Eugene hopefully but for now, it is the World Relays,” he added.

Tebogo ran a world lead 19.94 in 200m at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix in Johannesburg, South Africa and also lowered his personal best in 400m by running 44.29 in Pretoria in March.

That came after he had shattered the 300m world record in February, clocking an astonishing 30.69 at the Simbine Curro Classic.