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Montso, Kgosiemang earn Gold in Nairobi
02/08/10

The 17th Confederation of Africa Athletics Championships ended over the weekend in Nairobi, with Botswana placed 7th in the overall medals count with two gold and one silver medals.

Amantle Montsho won the women’s 400m race, having little trouble defending the title she also won two years ago. The timing of her run was just short of the 50s barrier at 50.03, well ahead of Senegal’s Amy Mbacke Thiam (51.32) and Nigeria’s Shade Abdugan (51.63).

“I was looking to improve on my personal best from Addis (49.82) or at least run under 50s,” said Montsho to reporters at the end of the race, adding “it is a good performance and the second fastest time of my career and I am looking forward to Croatia to run in the Continental Cup”.

Also earning gold and defending his previous title was Kabelo Kgosiemang, who cleared 2.19m to take first place in the men’s high jump, ahead of the Cameroonian pair Bong Matongno and Fernand Djoumessi.

Botswana’s silver came in the men’s 4X400m relay, behind Kenya and ahead of Nigeria. Unfortunately, a forth medal was narrowly missed in the women’s 4x400m relay, with Botswana coming in fourth behind Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal.

Host Kenya emerged number one in the competition with 10 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals, followed by Nigeria with 8 gold and 5 each bronze and silver and South Africa with 6 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze. Half of Kenya’s gold came in a dramatic sweep during the final day of the competition. Additional countries in the top ten were Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Senegal.

 

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