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Botswana: Yes They Take Notice of Tebogo


Gaborone — The world 200m champion, Noah Lyles, seldom embraces other athletes after a race.

However, July 23 was different. The American had no choice, but to twice hug and have a brief talk with Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo after a breathtaking 200m race at the London Diamond League meeting,

Lyles admitted to World Athletics that the Sunday race made him feel like he was fighting for his life especially in the last 100m.

“I gave it all that I had. I am having the best competition and I have never had anyone come that close to me in a competition for a very long time,” he said.

The always modest Tebogo did not want to reveal details of the brief conversation with Lyles.

“What happened in London should remain in London. It was our private conversation but one day you will know what we were discussing, but not now,” Tebogo said.

In the captivating race, Lyles finished on position one claiming both the World Lead and Meeting Record with a time of 19.47.

Tebogo followed with a Personal Best time of 19.50, in the process shattering a 27-year record set by Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks.

Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain clocked a Personal Best time and National Record with a time of 19.73

Looking at the Sunday records, athletics enthusiasts can only salivate as the World Championships approach.

And athletics greats have noticed Tebogo’s performance.

Fredericks wrote after the race, ‘I want to take a moment to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the new African 200 meter record holder Letsile Tebogo running 19.50 seconds.