Rapula Diphoko is the winner of the inaugural Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT) half marathon. The Lehika Athletics Club athlete beat a host of local half marathon elite runners to win the race.
In a closely contested race, Diphoko beat his runner-up, Ndabili Bashingile, by a mere three seconds to write his name in the inaugural marathon’s history books as its first winner.
Lehika completed the 21 km race in a time of 1 hour 05 minutes and 25 seconds while Bashingile completed it in 1 hour 05 minutes and 28 seconds. Coming third behind the duo was bare-footed runner, Kaelo Mosalagae, who clocked a time of 1 hour 06 minutes and 43 seconds to complete the race.
Completing the top five finishers in the men’s elite athletes were Godiraone Nthompe and Raobina Ramoseka, in fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
In the ladies’ open category, 21-year-old Mema Tiango beat perennial half marathon winner, Onkemetse Solotate, and Joyce Tau to win the race. Tiango ran the 21 km course in 1 hour 22 minutes and 54 seconds while Solotate finished second in 1 hour 23 minutes and 06 seconds.
Tau, on the other hand, finished the race in 1 hour 25 minutes and 16 seconds to come third. The winners of both the men and women’s open races won themselves prizes of P2 000 each and gold medals whilst second and third positions won P1 000 plus silver medals and P500 and bronze medals, respectively.
In the veterans category, Kabo Gabaseme emerged the winner, beating fellow veteran Edwin Mokgachane who came second.
In the masters’ race, it was John Tapela who emerged victorious ahead of Lawrence Gachala and Phillip Massey in second and third positions, respectively.
Speaking in an interview after the race, LKCT half marathon race coordinator, Stellan Bengtsson, expressed happiness at the race turnout as well as the calibre of athletes it attracted, describing it as a success.
According to the race coordinator, at least 200 runners among them the elite of Botswana half marathon runners had registered for the inaugural race.
“The race went very well. We had a good turnout and people enjoyed the race,” Bengtsson declared.
He said based on the turnout at this being an inaugural race, they expect to surpass the turnout in the next year as people will be aware of the race.
Besides its sports value, the race coordinator said the event ‘helped raise awareness about charity among Batswana whilst also promoting fitness and
The inaugural race was attended by, among others, Lady Khama Charitable Trust patron, President Ian Khama, who awarded the prizes, as well as members of his family.