Gaborone — Fresh from nursing a hamstring injury, Gaone 'Lux' Maotoanong clocked an All Africa Games qualifying time during the Botswana Athletics Association 'Holy Sunday' meet.
Maotoanong of BDF athletics club clocked 20.94 in a 200 metres men race F, to book himself a flight ticket to the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco from August 19-31.
Lux exploded from the block and despite running from lane seven, which has very wide turn, he negotiated his curve well to ensure that he approached backstraight in a very good position, and sailed to the finish line with a big gap.
Position two went to Keorapetse Lesotlho with a time of 21.57, while position three went Thuso Moseki 21.77.
Lux said in an interview that he was happy that he managed to hit the All Africa Games qualifying time in his first race post injury.
He said he was running 200 metres in preparation for the 400 metres race to check his readiness, adding that it was going to be risky for him to run his normal 400m just returning from injury.
Lux said his mission was to take everything step by step and he was not going to put himself under pressure to qualify for major competitions. He however said with more races, he was confident that he would make it.
In other races, Karabo Mothibi, who has already qualified for the All Africa Games, recorded a Personal Best time of 10.25 in 100 metres, followed by Thuto Masasa with 10.53, position three went to Keene Motukisi after clocking 10.55.
In 200 metres women category, Tsaone Sebele clocked 23.38 beating Zambian Quicy Makekani who finished on position two with 24.40 while Bogadi Dipholo finished third with 25.47.
In 400 metres men, Leungo Scotch has proved that he was slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with as he clocked PB time of 45.21, followed by upcoming and promising athlete Zibani Ngozi with 45.89, while Onneile Phokedi claimed position three with 46.31.
Oratile Nowe won the 800 metres women category with a time of 2:12.92, followed by Precious Rasantlo with a time of 2:21.47, while Marea Maano finished third with 2:36.26.
In field events, Tshwanelo Aabobe finished on position one in long jump with 7.60 followed by Norman Chibana with 7.42, Thapelo Monaiwa jumped 7.30 to claim position three.
BAA secretary, Raymond Phale that they were happy that the meet managed to reach their main objective, which was to give more athletes opportunity to qualify for major events.
He said all athletes who competed in the meet did their best, adding that they also managed to identify a team that would represent the country at the Southern Region Senior Championships that would be held in Reduit, Mauritius from July 6.
Source : BOPA