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Masilo doing wonders in 400m

SHARE   |   Monday, 27 March 2017   |   By Tlotlo Kebinakgabo
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Local 800m sensation Boitumelo Masilo seems to be one of the athletes who are in great form this season as he ran 45.69 on night series held at Gemstone South Africa on Wednesday. Masilo was amongst the athletes that represented Botswana at the 2016 Rio Olympics even though he failed to make a mark as he was eliminated in the qualifying rounds of 800m. He holds a personal best of 1:45.98 in 800m. His season’s best in 800m is 1:47.03s. Even though he is an 800m athlete his time of 45.69 in 400m makes him the third fastest athlete in 400m after Karabo Sibanda and Baboloki Thebe. He is just inches from the World Championships’ 400m qualifying time of 45.50. “I am happy with my performance as I am improving on each race a run this season. My speed pleases me and gives me hope that I can qualify in 800m,” said Masilo, adding that his training programme is now going to change to speed endurance as he wants to shift his focus to 800m. The 21-year-old is currently under Golden Door Sports Agency founded and managed by former 800m Olympian Glody Dube. In an interview Dube said he was impressed by Masilo’s performance in 400m but was quick to declare that he is an 800m athlete. “It is a quick time and there is no doubt that he is in his best shape this year and one must note that his time makes him number three in Botswana’s 400m thus far,” Dube said. Quizzed if Masilo is leaving 800m for 400m Dube said as per Mogomotsi Otsetswe who is coaching Masilo, he is just doing 400m for speed and that does not mean that he is leaving 400m but if that happens if will be a decision between him and his coach. Dube said one fact that makes him happy about Masilo’s 400m time is because it places him a good spot to be amongst the men’s 4by4 relay team that is going to represent Botswana at the Bahamas World Relays. He said Masilo will be leaving for Europe in May as it is his role as his manager to look for races for him to ensure that he has effective competitions and stands a chance of qualifying.