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Tebogo Letsile debuts Diamond League

Tebogo Letsile

After struggling with his football career in the early days of his life, 18-year-old sprinter Tebogo Letsile is expected to make his debut in the Diamond League when he lines up for the 100 meter sprint on Saturday.

He is expected to face off against some of the biggest names in the world of track and field, such as Fred Kerly of the US and former record holders Kenny Bednarek and Trayvon Bromell.
Aside from Tebogo, other athletes from Botswana who are expected to compete at the event include Isaac Makwala, who will be running his second 400m race of the season. Makwala will go up against the likes of Kirani James of Grenada , Michael Norman and Michael Cherry.

After announcing his retirement from athletics earlier this year, Makwala ran his first competitive race in the Diamond League in England last week. He was able to achieve a fifth-place finish.
According to Tebogo, he was able to prepare well for the event due to his coach’s advice. He also noted that he was able to enjoy himself on the track. He also used the opportunity to prepare for the World junior championships.

For Tebogo, the Diamond League is a great opportunity to represent his country and gain valuable experience in the world of athletics. He also has a chance to qualify for the World Championships. If successful, he stands to win a prize money amounting to USD 50 000, Diamond trophy and wild card for the IAAF World Championships.

Diamond League covers 32 Diamond track and field disciplines and athletes earn qualification points at each meeting to qualify for the final of their particular discipline. Each of the disciplines is staged four or six times before the finals.

At each of the qualification events, athletes are awarded points for ranking 1st to 8th. The top 8 in the 100, 100/110m Hurdles and Technical events, except for High Jump and Pole Vaulting, will be awarded a start in the final.

Besides being able to compete against some of the best athletes in the world, the Diamond League also provides Tebogo with an opportunity to gain valuable exposure. He noted that major companies such as Nike are also expected to watch him compete. Despite the country’s abundance of middle distance runners, Tebogo noted that there is still a lot of potential in the sprinting field in Botswana.

Tebogo is confident that he can continue to excel in the field of athletics. He believes that the upcoming youth championship games will serve as a great start to his career. Besides being able to compete against some of the best athletes in the world, the Diamond League also provides Tebogo with an opportunity to gain valuable exposure.

He has a rare combination of natural talent and charisma that makes him an exceptional athlete. Ask his rivals about him and they will all refer to him as their greatest threat.Although his speed is easily apparent, Tebogo offers so much more to the sport of athletics as a whole, especially compared to the likes of De Grasse, Bolt, and Justin Gatlin. It is early days, but he has the potential to become a global megastar.

He is among the new generation of athletes widely expected to replace Bolt as the fastest man in the world. Last weekend, he showed signs of becoming a rising star at the youth games. Furthermore for his hard work, the Kanye born sprinter recently walked away with the biggest award of the night at the 41st Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) as he scoped the outstanding male year ultimately receiving P75, 000 from Debswana.

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