Veteran long distance runner Kaelo Mosalagae won the National cross country championship in Gaborone over the weekend to retain his title. Mosalagae, who has been dominating the local races, proved age does not matter by sailing to victory at a time of 39:00:70 minutes.
However, this did come easy as his fellow Lefika Athletics Club runner Sesebo Matlapeng exerted pressure on him from the start to the end of the race. These two have always been at each other throughout the cross country series but Mosalagae showed an urge over Matlapeng who finished just 19 seconds behind him with the time of 39:19:55.
The third position went to Shepard Kenatshele of SSKB with a time of 40 minutes and 20 seconds. Mosalagae improved his time this year from the 39 minutes 15 seconds last year.
In the senior ladies’ 8km race Onneile Dintwe of Sports View had an easy run to victory ahead of Joyce Tau and Gaone Bathoeng who came second and third respectively. Dintwe clocked 31:16:10 to be crowed the champion ahead of Tau who recorded 32:28:03. The Sports View runner dethroned Mema Tiango of SSKB who was last year’s champion.
BAA spokesperson Ipolokeng Ramatshaba is happy with the way the championships turned out. Ramatshaba said this year’s championship saw an improvement in the performance of the athletes. He said they will now select the team that will represent the country at the Regional Cross Country Championships to be held in Malawi in March. “The athletes will be selected from the list that took part in the just ended championships and will be announced in due course,” said Ramatshaba.
After the regional meet there will be the IAAF World Cross Country Championship that will be held in China. It is, however, not yet clear if BAA will be sending a team to represent the country there.