Coach okays Makwala in fast and furious race

Isaac Makwala’s coach, Justice Dipeba said the athlete did well in a fast and furious 400m final where the top three did sub 44 seconds for the first time in history.

Makwala finished fifth in the race and relinquished his African record of 43:72 seconds after South African Wayne Van Niekerk clocked 43:48 to win gold.

“It was one of the best races in the history of athletics, the first time we get top the three guys under 44 seconds.

“It was really a tough race and Makwala did well. To me I think he gave it all he had, after proving to the world that he can perform in front of everyone,” Dipeba said.

He said it was a huge statement from Makwala as most fans thought he only does well in small meets.

“Him being able to run 44 low from the outer lanes it shows you that he is capable. Just to mention that the times he ran from lane eight and nine during his first round and semifinals are the fastest times ever so far,” he said.

Dipeba said although he is happy with Makwala’s performance, there was a need to work harder as other athletes are at the top of their game.

After a lukewarm campaign which saw 400m runner, Onkabetse Nkobolo crash out in the first round and Nijel Amos exit in the semi finals of the 800m, Team Botswana now pin their hopes on high jumper, Kabelo Kgosiemang who is in action today.

The 4x400m is on the track tomorrow before the curtain falls on the championships on Sunday.

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