Sunday, June 16, 2024

Three Botswana athletes make Africa team

Botswana’s athletes, Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala and high Jumper Kabelo Kgosiemang have been selected to represent Africa at the IAAF Continental Cup.

The trio will be part of Africa’s star-studded team that will be seeking to make the continent proud at the event which is billed for Marrakech, Morocco on the 13th and 14th of this month.

While Kgosiemang was part of the Africa team in 201, the call will be the first for Amos and Makwala who have enjoyed a stellar season on the athletic track this year.

Amos has by far been the World’s best 800 meter athlete of 2014, although Makwala has not been far behind and is Africa’s fastest man in the event in 2014.

The trio of Amos, Makwala and Kgosiemang will join the cream of Africa’s track and field stars who will seek to repeat Africa’s best performance at the games which occurred back in 1992 and 1994 when the event was still held every two years.

Back then when the competition was competed in separate categories, namely male and female, Africa managed back to back wins in the men’s division.

In the 800 meters men’s race, Amos will be joined by Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia while Makwala will be partnered by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.

Other dominant athletes in Africa’s galaxy of stars will be Nigeria’s sprint queen Blessing Okagbare, Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya as well as the Kenyan trio of Genzeba Dibaba, Almaz Ayana and Hiwot Ayalew just to name a few.

While Amos and Aman will be expected to dominate the 800 meters men’s race as they have done this year, most eyes will be on Africa’s sprint queen, Okagbare to see how she will fare.

The Nigerian lady has also had a stellar season this year, winning gold medals for both 100m and 200m at the Commonwealth Games.

Another athlete to watch will include be the current 1500m world champion Kiprop who will be a member of Africa’s middle and long-distance runners.

In the men’s triple jump, Africa’s hopes will rest on South Africa’s Khotso Mokwena, who also was in top form at the Commonwealth Games.

The IAAF Continental Cup, which comes ones every four years, pits the best athletes from all continents against each other. This year’s edition will see Africa take on Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific continent.


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