Letsile Tebogo, the Botswana sprinter who clinched the silver medal in the 100m event at the World Championships, is buoyant about the potential of African sprinters in the forthcoming track season leading up to the Paris Olympics in 2024.

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Having commenced the season with a stellar world record-breaking performance in the men’s 300 meters in South Africa earlier this year, the 20-year-old athlete is gearing up for the 200m event at the esteemed Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi this Saturday. This event, a key fixture in the World Athletics Continental Tour, stands as a significant platform just shy of the prestigious Diamond League.

Expressing his faith in the prowess of African sprinters, Tebogo highlighted the presence of formidable talents like Ferdy Omanyala of Kenya and Akani Simbine of South Africa alongside himself, heralding a potential shift in global dominance on the track.

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Reflecting on his historic achievement as the first African to secure a 100m medal at the World Championships in Budapest last year, Tebogo remains resolute in his pursuit of excellence, aiming for further triumphs in the 200m category.

Acknowledging the formidable competition, particularly with the likes of American sprinter Courtney Lindsey and Omanyala in contention, Tebogo emphasizes his readiness to embrace the challenge and display his skills on the track.

 

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Meanwhile, Omanyala, the current holder of the African record in the 100m, approaches the season with a fresh outlook following changes in his coaching setup. With a leaner physique and a rejuvenated mindset, the 28-year-old is poised to make a statement in his inaugural 100m race of the year, facing formidable adversaries such as American sprinter Kenny Bednarek and Kenyan athlete Mark Otieno.

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Adding to the anticipation of the event, Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma, the silver medallist in the Olympic 200m event, makes her comeback to competitive racing after a hiatus of 20 months. Eager to reignite her track career and prepare for the upcoming Olympics, Mboma views the Nairobi meet as a pivotal stepping stone.

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Furthermore, the participation of renowned athletes like American hammer thrower Janee’ Kassanavoid, set to compete against Polish Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk, amplifies the excitement surrounding the event. With a personal best of 78.00 meters, Kassanavoid is eager to kickstart the year on a high note and relishes the vibrant atmosphere of Nairobi.

As athletes from around the world converge in Nairobi, the stage is set for a captivating display of talent and determination, setting the tone for an electrifying track season in 2024.