These two articles update us on the Botswana Olympic team. At least two of the five athletes were in a injury scare in this article from the Sunday Standard (note the unusual word in the title; I certainly would not ever use it but they speak British English in Botswana!)
The two, men’s 400 meters runner Pako Seribe and 800 meters teenage running sensation Nijel Amos, are in a race against time to recover from niggling injuries that may hamper their competitiveness at the games. The duo’s injuries come barely two weeks after the country’s other medal hopeful, Oteng Oteng, suffered an injury scare, which is now said to be healed.
In an Eric Liddell moment, Amos came to a international event in Kenya hurt and won anyway!
The young athlete, who seemed to have a muscle pull as he charged towards the finish line, however, managed to hold on to his lead and to ultimately win the semifinal race.
In a rare show of fortitude, the 18-year-old showed up in the final with a bandaged thigh but still managed to win the race against a very competitive lineup that included, among others, Kenya’s Olympic bound youngster, Timothy Kitum.
Wouldn’t it be great if all the Botswana athletes won a medal in their event? A breakout Olympics may be possible if this article is right:
The build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games has seen Botswana’s athletes evolve into worthy contenders for the country’s first ever gold medal win. Five of Botswana’s best athletes have the opportunity to make history and enhance their already illustrious profiles as the global showpiece commences on Friday this week.
It provides further evidence that Montsho’s form is the only possible stumbling block ahead of her. She has managed to maintain a tight grip on her 400m reign by bouncing back to win most races she had previously lost.
Statistics and accolades of Botswana’s athletes this year has indicated that the country’s five representatives have all the attributes of challenging if not dethroning the best athletes in the world.
As far as form is concerned, Harold Abrahams’ form was seen as preventing him from winning gold in Paris in the 1924 Games. But his coach Sam Mussabini helped that out for the win! Remember that famous line from Chariots of Fire:
“He’s [Liddell] got something to prove, something personal, something guys like coach will never understand in a million years.”
Let’s hope the Botswana team has that “something personal” they need along with talent and ability to win medals at the Olympics!