Tebogo to gauge injury in season-opener

Back on track: Tebogo
Back on track: Tebogo

Sprint sensation, Letsile Tebogo, will kick-off his season with a 400m run in an effort to gauge his fitness following a muscle injury. The 2023 World Championships double medalist will be part of the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Track and Field Series One at the Obed Itani Stadium in Francistown tomorrow.

Tebogo will compete in the men's 400m race ahead of a busy season with all eyes on Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Speaking to MmegiSport, Tebogo said running the 400m is not part of his plans as he prepares for the new season. “There is no plan behind the race, it is meant to gauge if my injury has fully healed,” he said. Tebogo sustained an injury on his left leg during the 2023 Diamond League 100m final where he finished in position eight. During the race, Tebogo was seen hobbling to the finish line. During the Budapest World Athletics Championships, the athlete sustained a muscle injury on the right leg. But this week, Tebogo said he was ready for the BAA Track and Field competition. A strong field is expected in different events with Galefele Moroko expected to make a comeback after struggling for the past two seasons.

Other athletes to look out for are Tsaone Sebele, Boitshepo Moloi, Winnie Sarefo, Thomphang Basele, Bernard Olesitse, Kago Seshoko, Leungo Scotch, Bayapo Ndori, Pako Seribe and Thapelo Monaiwa. Despite the strong field, there are concerns over the timing that would be used for the event. MmegiSport is informed that the BAA has snubbed electronic timer, Tshepo Kelaotswe. He said it was not up to him to decide if he could time the event or not. “Timing is a technical assignment done by referees and electronic timing is a technical assignment done by learned individuals or organisations. I have no idea who would be timing, but if there are trained officials then they should be able to time,” Kelaotswe said. He said the most important thing is that this is an Olympic year and other major events and there is no room for error.

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