Team Botswana is on top of its game at the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games held in SAMOA.
The youth team is competing with up to 1000 young Commonwealth athletes aged between 14 to 18 who are all representing their countries and competing for 107 Gold Medals in 9 sports.
Team Botswana relay team comprising of Karabo Sibanda, Thabiso Sekgopi Aobakwe Malau and Kabo Mphali got position one to snatch gold medal in the 4x100m.
The team beat their counter parts with a time record of 41:94s to clinch the country second gold medal.
The first gold medal for Botswana was brought home by none other than Botswana’s starlet Karabo Sibanda on Tuesday.
Sibanda who is on top of his form since the African Youth Games clocked a personal best of 45:83 seconds to win the 400m gold.
Ahead of the Commonwealth Youth Games Sibanda had told The Voice Sports that he was going all out to secure a medal for this country. “I want to maintain my good performance since the Youth Games that were held in Botswana and for me to do that I have to win a medal. In the event that I may not get a medal then I have to improve my time, therefore its either one of the two if not both,” promised Sibanda.
In other results Mahommed Rajab Otukile of 49kg lost 2-1 due to a split decision in the semi-finals to come home with a bronze medal.
Thandi Eurimuna got position 6 in the 800m finals clocking 2:21s while Refilwe Murangi also didn’t make it to the 200m finals with a time record 26:56s in the Semi-Finals.
In the men’s 200m finals Aobakwe Malau got position 8 with the time 21:73s while Thabiso Sekgopi got position 6 at 21:46s, setting a new personal best record in the process.
Though Kgalalelo Tlalanyane got position 6 in the 100m hurdles, she also set a new personal best time of 14:76s.
Launched in 2000, the youth commonwealth games are now on their 5th edition.
The games are believed to be a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major sporting event, using predominantly pre-existing venues.