Although he managed to win Mascom Phikwe marathon, Raobine Ramoseka did not qualify for Commonwealth Games set for India.
He won the Marathon in a time of 2 hours 20 minutes and failed to meet the set 2:18.
But, Ramoseka, who runs for BDF athletics club, was still upbeat and happy with his performance.
For his part, Botswana Athletic Association, Senior Development officer, Bobby Gaseitsiwe said the marathon went well, though he was not happy about the local athletes because they did not qualify for commonwealth game.
“I do not know what could have been the effect, the weather condition favoured them and it was mild.”
He was particularly happy with the main sponsor Mascom and other companies for making this possible. This marathon is the oldest in the country and for the first time the winner got a prize of P25 000.
“This is not all about money, it gives our athletes exposure, keep them mentally and physically fit,” added Gaseitsiwe
In a category of male veteran, 40-year Edwin Mokgachane came first, taking home P2 000.
Mokgachane is a veteran in marathon running, having been at it for 15 years and a proud owner of seven gold medals.
“I started to compete in this marathon when I was a student at Moeng. It held me keep fit. See, I look young at the age of 40 and I am fit.”
Nkange JSS dominated the 15 km race scooping position One in junior category. The team got gold medals both for girls and boys. In boys’ category, 18-year-old Gobusamang Matu came tops, taking home P5 000 and a gold medal. Girls gold medal and P5 000 prize money went to Ogomoditse Mbodza, with Baengeni Zibani coming second and winning P2, 500.
There was also 4 km fun race in which The Voice Staff, Itumeleng Mokoka, Othusitse Toteng, Senana Rancholo and Charlotte
Mpho participated in, and received medals of appreciation.