Gaborone — The 400m sprinter, Baboloki Thebe's sluggish perfromance continued this season as he finished on position nine with a time of 46.20 at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting held in Eugene on June 30.
Thebe's recent form continues to haunt the athletics constituent as they had expected that by this time, he would have clocked a very convincing time, given that a lot is expected from him at the Doha World Championships in September.
However, some of the athletics pundits on the other hand are of the view that Thebe will soon find his rhythm and trot to his best.
Talking about the race, track and field analyst Aobakwe Showa said it was turning out to be yet another tough season for Thebe as he failed to impress on his second diamond league.
He said the time clocked by the athlete was very low time by his standard adding it was not surprising looking at his recent form.
"Looking at the race alone, you could see that by the first 100m the winner of the race Michael Normal running on lane four had opened a gap between himself and the athletes on behind lanes including Thebe on lane one," he said.
Upon realising that, he said Thebe changed his race plan as he increased his speed in an effort to try to cover the ground lost between him and athletes on the outer lanes.
He said upon reaching the last bend, he was better positioned to clock at least 45s adding that Thebe had to pay for his early speed as he was overpowered with lactic acid and fatigue hence he decelerated more than the rest on the field.
"Falling easily into fatigue and failing to continue work on this state indicate lack of endurance by an athlete and the struggles on the home stretch goes to show that he has to work on his endurance," he said.
Showa said his times were a big concern given that it was almost half through the season and most athletes were reaching their peak.
As for Thebe, he indicated that the progression graph was not good as it was full of fluctuations.
"One would have hoped that this season will be better because though last season he achieved more individual titles, he struggled to record good times as he ran two or three races under 45s," he said.
He said Thebe had many races this season and that might also have taken a toll on his body.
He highlighted that it was important for Thebe to have a correct unloading phase, recovery and adequate body regeneration to avoid fatigue that could otherwise evolve into physical and neuropsychological exhaustion.
Meanwhile, Christine Botlogetswe and Onkabetse Nkobolo withdrew from Résisprint International La Chaux-de-Fonds race in Switzerland.
Nkobolo withdrew from the race, as he was not feeling well while Botlogetswe wanted to prepare for Lausanne Diamond League to be held on July 5.