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Amos, Thebe shine in SA

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 20 April 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Nijel and Baboloki Nijel and Baboloki

Two Rio 2016 Olympics bound Botswana athletes continue to show their mantle as they scoop titles in the ASA Night Series at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday night. Nijel Amos and youthful Baboloki Thebe both emerged victorious in the 400m and 200m races respectively. The duo is preparing for the Olympics which are just a few months away in Rio, Brazil. Amos, who is mostly known for his masters 800m race, surprised many to scoop the 400m title in 45.73 seconds. The 800m Olympic silver medalist is currently based in South Africa and has scaled up preparations, with his next event being the Diamond League starting May 14, 2016. His participation in the Diamond League will help him get to his full potential prior the Olympics slated for beginning of August 2016. On the other hand Thebe, who qualified for the Olympics under the 400m banner, stunned South Africa’s 200m favorite Roscoe Engel to the title. The 19-year-old Thebe recorded 21.04 seconds in the half lap race to beat Engle (27). Baboloki continues to prove that his qualification to the Olympic did not come as a fluke.