Sebele targets World champs

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 21 March 2017   |   By Tlotlo Kebinakgabo
Sebele targets World champs

Botswana’s 100m sensation Tsaone Sebele says she intends to qualify for the 2017 IAAF World Championships billed for London on August 4-13. Sebele finished third on an ASA speed series at Bloemfontein last week at a personal best of 11.48s, missing a World Championships qualifying time of 11.26s by a whisker. Her performance gives her hope that she will be amongst the athletes to represent Botswana at the London Championships. “Like most of the athletes’ world championships would be a dream come true if achieved,” she said. Speaking from Johannesburg, South Africa where she is based, Sebele shared her delight at having run a personal best. “I feel humbled by my performance; I honestly could have not done it without God on my side,” she said. The Topisi-born said she was still recovering from a torn patella tendon.  “I trust God for complete recovery.” Sebele, however, chose to reserve her comment when questioned if she has been getting any assistance from Botswana Athletics Association (BAA). “Doing well takes hard work and consistency because you can have all the facilities you need and still not perform to your best. It is without doubt though that there is more quality competitions in South Africa than in Botswana and sport in general is given priority side something which is a motivation for young athletes to strive for more.” Her last appearance with the national team was at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville when she ended up as a finalist. A Business Management student at University of Johannesburg, she has been in South Africa since 2015. She is coached by the former South Africa 200m record holder Morne Nagel. Her next race is next week in the ASA speed series. Meanwhile, five local athletes have already qualified for the World Championships.  Nijel Amos and Baboloki Thebe qualified by the virtue of being African champions. Karabo Sibanda joined the list last month whereas Lydia Jele booked her ticked a fortnight ago. Amantle Montsho qualified with a time of 52.00sec on her second race after her serving a two years ban for a doping offence.
 



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