Botswana: Masalela Shines Again

Gaborone — Botswana's 800m rising star, Tshepiso Masalela's dominance on track continued on March 9 as he cruised easily to the finish line with a Personal Best (PB) time of 1:47.81 during the Botswana Athletics Association track and field event held at the National Stadium.

The Region 5 Youth Games Gaborone 2018 champion started the race at a very high tempo controlling the first lap as he crossed the 400m half with a convincing time of 53.00.

In the last lap, Masalela showed his skills as he opened a big gap in the last 100m of the race, hitting the finish line unmarked.

In an interview after the race, Masalela said the plan was to up the tempo in the first lap and relax in the last 400m, something which he said worked for him.

He said he enjoyed the race as he finished healthy, adding that he was happy that he managed to salvage a PB.

Meanwhile, Kentse Tshwenyego settled for second position with a time of 1:54.51 followed by Kabelo Obiditswe with 1:55.75.

In the 400m senior men category, Lee Eppie won the race clocking 46.98 followed by Loungo Scotch with 47.10 and Victor Ntweng settled for position three with 47.15.

Another interesting event was in the 200m senior men heat final two where Onneile Phokedi, was out of his comfort zone of 400m, outclassed his opponents as he clocked 21.54 to claim position one, followed by Kemorena Tiisang with 21.90, while Koorapetse Lesotlho finished third with 22.10.

Another 400m runner, Ditiro Nzamani claimed position one in the 200m senior men heat final one with a time of 21.98, followed by Boyce Mogapi with 23.08, while Oanthata Letlhogela finished third with 23.31.

In the women's category Galefele Moroko won the 200m event with a time of 24.58, followed by Nancy Budzani with 25.62, while Gofaone Ditsheko settled for position three with 25.77.

In the 400m race, Amante Monwa finished first with a time of 1:00.20, followed by Serwadi Taolo with 1:04.61 and Malebogo Motlalamadi clocked 1:18.61 to finish on third position.

In field events, long jump men's final was won by Tsame Lepelonyane with 7.12m, followed by Ruri Rammokolodi with 6.39m, while a jump of 5.71m ensured that Bokang Mbigani claims position three.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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