Out of form Baboloki Thebe finished last on his famed 400M race at Sweden, Stockholm. It was a bad day for the young Botswana athlete who recorded an unimpressed time of 48.85. However, there is still hope for the talented star who will soon make another return into the track will impress.
It is argued that, at this time of the year, most athletes are still shaking off their yester year rust and Thebe is no exception. Thebe admitted that there is a lot of work to be done in the next few coming days. “Yeah bad day at office, let us hope next race I will do better, it is now back to the drawing board,” he wrote on his facebook page shortly after the race. Athletics is a famously lonely sport, sometimes too hard to comprehend. It was this Thebe talent who once spoke of his struggles to train away from his families, and often by himself.
One of the most fascinating facets of this discipline is that most athletes stand upon a start line, behind a run up, or in a thrower’s circle alone: for ten or twenty seconds, often times, it is their fate that lies solely in their own hands. In many occasions now, and for so minutes of major championships, Thebe has trained hard and long to represent a country that should now be laden with both sprinting and long distance runner talent- and to re-write history.
Last year, at the commonwealth games, Thebe scooped a silver medal behind veteran Isaac Makwala when no one was expecting it. It was a sign that the 21 year old athlete has a bright future. In fact, the proof of that is traced back in 2017 when he represented the country in the 4x400m relay team. Thebe ran the fastest lap with time split of 44:95 while Sibanda who anchored the race recorded time of 45:80 to deliver a silver medal that felt like Gold here in Botswana.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
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