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Seribe fastest in 200m this year

SHARE   |   Sunday, 22 March 2015   |   By Ontametse Sugar
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Botswana’s own Pako Seribe currently tops in the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) list for the 200 metres race at a time of 20.17 seconds. He is followed by United States of America’s (USA) Walter Dix with a time of 20.41 seconds. Though he hasn’t been too popular in Botswana as the likes of Isaac Makwala and Nijel Amos, Seribe has a really promising future in athletics. He has gone through all the ranks of development from taking part in grassroots development programmes like Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) until he ultimately won the Africa junior title at continental level. Only constant injuries have been setting him back since they occurred on the verge of crucial games.
He is among the five athletes in Botswana who have been awarded with the Olympic Solidarity Programme scholarship, which helps them in getting ready for the Olympics. Through the solidarity programme Seribe gets the chance to enjoy Olympic scholarships, continental support grant and many other development supports that help to enhance his competitiveness at an international level. The athlete attributes the Olympic Solidarity assistance to the tremendous change in his state as an athlete. He said from the way they have been training, they are sure that they can continue making Botswana proud in athletics.
With Seribe being the only child, her mom Motlatsi Seribe said he is the best thing that ever happened to her. She encouraged other parents to be interested in what their kids do and be of help in making sure that they develop their talents and passion, as it is through talent that his son is traveling the world. "If a child has talent for them to perform in a satisfactory manner they need support from us, and for us to be there in all the games they participate in and to show them love all the time," she said. On what is new that they have introduced to their training technique, Seribe said now they have maintained high level training techniques. He said that as local elite athletes they used to look like very small boys when they were matched with the physique of international stars from different countries. He boasted that currently they are being able to match up with others because physically they are strong, which he attributes for better quality performance. He said on top of track they now extensively do gym where they are involved in weight resistant training three times a week.
Seribe said that considering the fact that the race that is making him to appear top in the IAAF chart for 2015 at this moment was his first for 2015, it shows him that he has been doing something right and aims to improve. He registered the time in a competition in Molepolole recently. "Walter Dix is a very good athlete and having recorded a time that tops his is something that is worth celebrating. This will make me work harder in order to see to it that I register good times," he said. Though the record might change if someone beats his time, Seribe said he is just waiting to see who that will be. He said the fact that it is always updated is what gives them the courage to work harder because they will push themselves beyond limits to make sure that they beat their rivals. He applauded the mighty work of their coach and trainer Justice Dipeba for pushing them hard to get the best out of them. He said that they comprehensively train five days a week.



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