Botswana’s Isaac Makwala may have lost his bid to retain the men’s 400m title he won four years ago, but compatriot Leungo Scotch ensured the gold medal remained in the Southern African nation when he stormed to the win in a personal best of 45.27 at the 12th African Games in Rabat on Wednesday (28), as Thapelo Phora of South Africa (45.59) and Nigeria’s Chidi Okezie (45.61) settled for silver and bronze respectively.
Ten minutes earlier, fellow Botswana athlete Galefele Moroko had just claimed gold in the women’s 400m, extending her winning streak in the course of the competition to beat Nigeria’s Favour Ofili to the title. Moroko put up an impressive display to run her second personal best in as many days, replacing her previous time of 51.53 set on Tuesday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, with a new mark of 51.30.
She inspired both Ofili (51.68) and Ghana’s Grace Obour (51.86) to new personal bests as well, with the former now qualifying for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Day 3 events for track and field kicked off with the women’s and men’s 20km walk, and Emily Wamsuyi Ngii inspired a 1-2 for Kenya in the women’s event which she won in 1:34.41, while teammate Grace Wanjiru Ngue followed in 1:34.57, leaving the Bronze medal for Ethiopia’s Yehualeye Beletew Mitiku. Samuel Kireri Gathimba ensured that the Kenyan dominance also played out in the men’s race where he claimed the title in 1:22.48, with Ethiopia’s Yohanis Algaw Wale and Wayne Snyman of South African settling for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Elsewhere, Botswana Karate team wins 4 bronze medals at the All Africa Games
- It was a good week for Botswana sports as the Botswana Karate Team also bagged 4 bronze medals at the All Africa Games.
- Ofentse Bakwadi won the bronze medal under the kata category.
- The Male Team; Boemo Ramasimong, Vincent Magalie and Bakwadi won the bronze medal under the kata category
- The Female Team; Entle Maungwa, Centy Kgosikoma and Lesego Masimola won the bronze medal under the kata category.
- The Male Team; Katlego Tsenene, Lemogang Koolopile, Thebe Duna, Gabriel Ramasimong and Tlotlang Ponatshego won the bronze medal under the Kumite category.
Source: iaaf.org, BrandBotswana Facebook page