Team Botswana has on Wednesday increased its medal tally to 11 leaving a deficit of nine from the targeted 20 medals. The eleven include two gold medals from athletics courtesy of Isaac Makwala and Nijel Amos.
The duo finished first in both 400m and 800m respectively to earn Botswana the much needed gold medals. This follows their disappointing performances at the recent IAAF World Championships where they failed to win medals. It has always been expected that the duo will use the African Games to redeem themselves after what happened in China.
Makwala and Amos did not disappoint as they led the pack in their respective events. Makwala recorded a time of 45.63 seconds in the 400m event while another Botswana athlete Onkabetse Nkobolo finished 3rd at 54.46 seconds. On Wednesday night Amos gave Botswana another gold clocking time of 1: 52.35. This is rather slow compared to his all-time best of 1:41.73. Amos got to the African Games with high morale following his IAAF Diamond League win.
All eyes have been on athletics to redeem Botswana’s expectations of reaching twenty medals targeted. With the men’s 4*400m relay having qualified for the finals, hopes are high that they will increase the medal tally. The relay comprising of Pako Seribe, Makwala, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Maotoanong is currently Africa’s record holder.