Monday, December 6, 2021

Botswana athletics jewels get off to a slow start at Diamond League

Botswana athletics jewels are yet to show their prowess at this season’s IAAF Diamond league. Having been a force to reckon with in the Diamond league circuit, chances of clinching podium places for local sprinters in the circuit seems slim. Former champions in the likes of Amantle Montsho, Nigel Amos and Isaac Makwala have failed to win a single meet of the past five meets of the season.

Makwala emerged second on the first meet in Eugene after being relegated by Bahamas’s Steven Gardiner who claimed first position and clocking a World Lead (WL). It was in the same race that witnessed youngster Baboloki Thebe placed fifth in the highly contested race. Gardiner repeated the same fate a week later in Rome beating Makwala for the number one spot.

After suffering an injury at the Gold Coast Commonwealth games, 800m Olympics silver medallist Nijel Amos competed in a single meet at the Eugene affair emerging second. Amos crossed the line after Kenyan Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir and beat rivals in the likes of Kipyegon Bett and Ferguson Rotich. The women 400m race has been a no show for local 400m stars in the likes of three times Diamond trophy winner Montsho and Christine Botlogetswe. The duo are yet to compete at the league action this season, however, there are still eight meets before the finals with the upcoming scheduled for Paris, France on the 30th June.

The absence of Montsho has witnessed Bahrain 400m sprinter Salwa Aid making strides in the category winning on three consecutive meets while USA Francis Phyllis emerged second on two occasions. Meanwhile, Botlogetswe clocked a Personal Best over the past weekend in Geneva, Switzerland running a sub 51 clocking 50.89 making her the third fastest this year in Africa behind Montsho and South African Caster Semenya.

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