Letsile Tebogo reveals reason Botswana is now becoming hub for producing plethora of talented sprinters

Letsile Tebogo (far R) with his Botswana relay teammates in Bahamas

Letsile Tebogo reveals reason Botswana is now becoming hub for producing plethora of talented sprinters

Mark Kinyanjui 21:00 - 10.05.2024

Tebogo has shared insights as to why Botswana is fast-becoming a sprinting powerhouse.

Botswanan sprint sensation Letsile Tebogo has shed light on the country's remarkable strides in sprint races, particularly in the 400m category, attributing their success to a strong sense of camaraderie among athletes.

The 20-year-old athlete has been making waves in senior athletics, boasting impressive performances on the world stage. With two medals already secured at the World Championships in the 100m and 200m events, Tebogo's prowess is undeniable. Notably, he played a pivotal role in Botswana's recent dominance in the World 4x400m relays in the Bahamas.

As the world record holder in the 300m, Tebogo exemplifies brilliance on the track, signaling a bright future for Botswanan athletics. However, he is not alone in his success, with other promising sprinters like Collen Kebinatshipi also making significant strides, despite being younger than Tebogo himself.

Botswana's breakthrough moment came with a historic gold medal at Nassau, where the team clocked a world-leading time of 2:59.11 in the 4x400m relay. The quartet of Kebinatshipi, Tebogo, Leungo Scotch, and Bayapo Ndori showcased exceptional teamwork, with Tebogo posting the fastest split of 43.72.

Speaking to the media after their triumph, Tebogo attributed their success to the strong bond and relationship shared among Botswanan athletes in the 400m category.

"There is not much that we are doing, it is just that there is that bond and strong relationship that we have as athletes in Botswana for the 400m," Tebogo explained. "We will always step back and give others the opportunity to shine."

Tebogo expressed optimism about the future of Botswanan athletics, highlighting the emergence of talented young athletes and the support provided by the association for exposure opportunities.

"Definitely. There will be some real talented guys coming up because the couple of guys that were there in Accra, I believe, were taken there by the association for the exposure because for us, we step in when it is needed most," Tebogo stated.

Looking ahead to his preparations for the Olympic Games in Paris, Tebogo revealed his schedule, emphasizing focus and determination.

"(Between now) and the Olympics is just two events. We will prepare for the Prefontaine Classic next. That is the only thing we are focusing on now," Tebogo disclosed.

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