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Four Batswana athletes have made it to the quarter-finals today at the on-going 21st Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Senior Championships, in Asaba Nigeria.
The defending champion, Baboloki Thebe made it to the finals after winning his heat with a time of 45.95 and he continued to send a clear statement in the semi-finals, crossing the line first with a time of 46.25 on position one in the 400 metres. He will be accompanied by his compatriot Onkabetse Nkobolo.
In the Women's 400 metres, Christine Botlogetswe is expected to raise the flag high as she will also line up in the final this afternoon.
In 800 metres, Nijel Amos is also expected to defend his championship title he won two years ago in Durban.
For Amos to ascend to the podium as Africa's finest, he would have to pass through Kenyan Emmanuel Korir who has little respect for Amos.
Meanwhile, Karabo Mothibi finished on position eight with a time of 10.55 at the on-going competitions.
Mothibi had sailed to the finals after finishing on position two with a time of 10.47 in the semi-finals after South African Akani Simbine, who ran 10.32.
Another 100 metre runner, Tsaone Sebele finished on position seven with a time of 11.83 in the women category.
The team manager, Ipolokeng Ramatshaba said the team was confident and looking forward to represent their country with pride.
"Both Thebe and Amos are looking forward to defend their titles, however Nkobolo had a running stomach yesterday but we managed to arrest the situation, and he will line up this afternoon," he said.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>