None of the local athletes who participated in the Mascom Phikwe Marathon last weekend qualified for the IAAF World Championship.
The competition which was sponsored by Mascom with P320 000 attracted about one thousand two hundred runners.
Raobine Ramoseka of BDF athletics who won the 42.2km for the past two years also failed to defend his title and finished on position four.
Andrew Chimbidzikai from Zimbabwe won the race clocking 2:23:15 while Unaswi Dambe came second with 2:24:22 and Bashingili Ndabili third with 2:24:38.
On the ladies side the race was won by Samukeliso Moyo from Zimbabwe and Thabitha Tsatsa while Matshidiso Tamar got bronze.
Speaking to Voice Sport Botswana Athletic Association Vice President Glody Dube said some of the runners were still fatigued after the Gaborone Marathon .
He said for a runner to take part in another marathon they need a three-month break.
“Though they did not meet the required 2:18:00 World Championship qualifying time I was impressed by their performance.
Gaborone used to be in March but this year organizers changed it to May.
We want to sit down with sponsors and see how we can schedule the marathon competitions,” said Dube.
Dube said he was also impressed by the performance of young upcoming runners.
He said there is a lot of competition in athletics that is why every year they have more runners participating.
15 km winner Mmoloki Lebelete of Prisons club said he has been taking part in the race for the past two years but did not get any position.
He said he started preparing for this marathon last year.
‘I took part in PPC marathon and got position two.
I have improved a lot because I managed to beat PPC champion Amantle Kekganetswe who came third,” said the elated Lebelete.