Sibanda betters his time

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 11 March 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Karabo Sibanda during the 2nd Youth Africa Games medal ceremony Karabo Sibanda during the 2nd Youth Africa Games medal ceremony

• Wins gold for Botswana at Africa Youth Championship

The World Youth Olympics 400m silver medallist Karabo Sibanda has continued to fly Botswana flag high in the athletics arena when he scooped a gold medal at the just-ended Africa Youth Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The reigning Africa Youth Games champion proved that his win was no fluke when he broke his own record in the process to set a new personal best of 46 minutes 33 seconds.
Sibanda became a household name in the country when he emerged from nowhere to clinch the 400m championship during the Africa Youth Games held in Botswana last year.
At just at a tender age of 16, Sibanda has a lot of time before him to follow the footsteps of his seniors who are doing Botswana proud in the international arena. He has already made a mark at the World Youth Olympics, getting a silver medal in his maiden appearance at the championships. Following his win, the young athlete has booked himself a place at the World Youth Championship in Colombia next year.
The athletics junior team that represented Botswana at the Africa Junior Championships in Ethiopia has also put up a good performance to silence its critics. The team managed to finish 7th in Africa with two gold medals and one silver medal. The gold medals came courtesy of Sibanda’s 400m gold and the 4*400m boys relay team. The 4*100m boys relay team made up of Thabiso Sekgopi, Vincent Basima, Karabo Mothibi and Leungo Scotch settled for a silver medal.  
Before they left for Ethiopia there were concerns that the teams have not had enough preparation for the games. Some had already written off the teams’ success based on the fact that they did not prepare. The on-going tussle of teachers over their overtime allowances has left students in the lurch as this year in some schools teachers have decided to stay out of sport altogether.
However, the teams silenced critics by finishing 7th in Africa. Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) spokesperson Roland Masalila said overall the team has done very well. Masalila said finishing 7th in Africa is an achievement worth recognising. He nonetheless did not dismiss the fact that the team could have done better.

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