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Botswana Grand Prix: 5 Speaking Factors from the Continental Gold Tour!

Botswana Grand Prix: 5 speaking factors from the Continental Gold tour

The Botswana Grand Prix, which came about in Gaborone over the weekend, had all of it. Fireworks, an virtually sold-out stadium, and a star-cast of runners who ran varied Private Bests, World Leads, and Nationwide Data. 

Letsile Tebogo sends the house followers right into a frenzy temper together with his win over the 200m, new sensation Muzala Samukonga destroyed the 400m discipline, whereas Mary Moora confirmed why she’s the following huge quarter-miler to come back out of Kenya. 

1. Letsile Tebogo is best suited to run the 200m over the 100m for now

Whereas one star in Isaac Makwala was fading into retirement after he completed outdoors the Prime 3 within the males’s 400m, Botswana can maintain their head excessive that they’ve acquired Letsile Tebogo, which is regularly dominating proceedings on the elite stage after his exploits within the Junior ranks.  

Right here in Gaborone, Tebogo as soon as once more proved why he’s suited to run the 200m than the 100m for now. The world U20 report holder within the 100m took on African and Commonwealth Video games Champions Ferdinand Omanyala and got here out scathed. It was his second straight loss at that time previous to him racing the 200m.

Tebogo’s model of working attracts similarities with Usain Bolt, and due to his beam pole-like nature, he struggles to get out of the blocks shortly in comparison with his counterparts. He was in a position to get away with it throughout his junior days. On the skilled stage, he’ll probably get punished. And towards a longtime runner like Omanyala, it was obvious he ran out of steam as soon as the Kenyan was forward of him. Nothing correct teaching can’t brush up, however he must get it with a few of the finest. 

An hour later, Tebogo confirmed why he’s a drive to reckon with over the 200m> much less we overlook he received the African title final summer time. Having the ability to beat Joseph Fahnbulleh and Aaron Brown, each of whom are each Olympic Video games finalists over the gap, speaks volumes of his expertise within the half-lap. But when the Botswanan is to problem on each fronts sooner or later, a drastic change must be made to his teaching set-up. 


2. Muzala Samukonga is exceeding expectations. 

What a expertise we’ve on our fingers! Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga efficiency in Gaborone can solely be encapsulated in just a few phrases. “Stretching your self to the boundaries”. In the true sense, that’s what elite sport is all about. Going past limitations to achieve new heights. And in an occasion just like the 400m, which is believed by many to be essentially the most tough dash (largely due to the toll it takes on an athlete’s physique), breaking new bounds is supposed for some chosen few. 

Samukonga takes the African Champs 400 meters, picture by Deji Ogeyinbgo

In Gaborone, Samukonga as soon as once more confirmed why he’s regularly etching his title as an athlete that leaves all of it on the counter. At 20, it’s such a signature transfer that has seen him turn out to be African and Commonwealth Champion. 

The Zambian scorched to an enormous PB of 43.91s to win a really sturdy discipline that included a number of Olympic and World medallist Kirani James within the males’s 400m. And as anticipated, regardless of being tied with the remainder of the chasing pack across the 300m, Samukonga kicked on the house straight and left his rivals in his wake. 

At this level, he’s surged into the highest 20 of the all-time quickest runners, and judging by his meteoric rise within the final two years, there’s a distinct risk that he could have a giant say in Budapest this summer time. 

One other yo-yo season is within the works for Sha’Carri Richardson 

One other race for Sha’Carri, another excuse to doubt Sha’ Carri Richardson. After she made the observe world wax lyrical about her 10.57s windy show over the 100m in early April, right here was an opportunity for her to continue to grow forward of the US trials. 

Sha’Carri Richardson, USATF Out of doors Observe and Discipline, Championships held at Hayward Discipline, College of Oregon, June 23-26, 2022, picture by Kevin Morris

Granted, Richardson hasn’t been essentially the most distinctive 200m runners, as she boasts a PB of twenty-two.00, however the way in which she capitulates within the first half of the half-lap is outrageous. She completed second in 22.54s, behind compatriot Kayla White. For somebody who’s touted to problem the Jamaican girls on each fronts, it’s wanting like she would have one other yo-yo season. Hopefully, she picks a great second to come back good later within the yr. 

Is that this a typical Andre De Grasse early-season blip, or does the downward spiral continues?

Speaking about coming good in the summertime, one athlete that has been recognized to be a championship runner is Andre De Grasse. The Canadian sprinter lined up for his first 200m race of the yr, and typical of him, he pale into seventh place to complete with a time of 20.41s. 

By no means within the historical past of De Grasse’s profession has he began the season properly. That’s as a result of he often kicks off his coaching in January, in contrast to his counterparts, who begin off in October/ November. On the flip aspect, he has by no means completed seventh in his opening 200m race. 1st in 2016 and 2017 and a pair ofnd in 2018 had been his positions.  

Andre De Grasse anchors Canada to a superb 4x100m relay gold, picture by Kevin Morris

It’s early April, and De Grasse goes via many adjustments in his profession. The largest of all of them is transferring to Orlando, Florida, the place he’s working together with his new coach John Coghlan. Final yr was a catastrophe for him, too. He didn’t make the 100m remaining and pulled off the 200m. The Olympic Champion, nonetheless, anchored Canada to a 4x100m victory in Oregon final yr.

It is perhaps too early to name it a blip, however there appears to be a sample from final yr. However like his working model, he’s skilled sufficient to know when to situation his physique to be prepared for main championships. The query stays can he do it this yr, once more? 


Mary Moora has long-term potential. 

It’s been eons since we final noticed a very good 400m/800m runner. Within the span of two years, the universe has given us Athing Mu and now Mary Moora. The Kenyan is ridiculously good, as seen together with her race over the 400m in Gaborone. 

The Commonwealth and Diamond League 800m champion picked up from the place she left off indoors as she scorched to a brand new PB of fifty.44 to win the ladies’s 400m, beating South Africa’s Miranda Coetzee (51.14) and Jamaica’s Candice McLeod (51.17). The win was as dominant because it might get and it reveals how a lot work she’s put into her craft since her breakthrough season final yr. 

Mary Moora received the gold on the Commonwealth Video games 800m, taking the primary medal over Keely Hodgkinson, picture by English Athletics

Now that we’ve gotten her precociousness out of the way in which, making a call on which occasion to deal with on the world championships might be key. The competitors over the 800m isn’t as stiff as within the 400m. Then once more, the ladies’s quarter-miler discipline could have the defending champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo out this yr. It’s a great headache most athletes need to have. Being spoilt for alternative. Ultimately, Moora’s potential to be a giant star sooner or later is apparent to see. 


  • Larry Eder

    Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement within the sport of athletics. Larry has skilled the game as an athlete, coach, journal writer, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America’s first sub-4 minute miler, was revealed in RW in 1983. Larry has revealed a number of magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. model of Spikes journal. He at the moment manages the content material and advertising improvement of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his day by day pilgrimage with the game, Larry says: “I’ve to confess, I like touring to distant meets, writing concerning the sport I like, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, essentially the most of something I’ve ever executed, besides, perhaps working itself.”

    Theme track: Greg Allman, ” I am no Angel.”

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