Christine Botlogetswe today (Tuesday) departed for Holland in her quest to compete at a number of races in Europe.
As reported by this publication late last month, Botlogetswe continues to receive a flurry of invitations from race organizers in Europe.
Botlogetswe’s coach Justice Dipeba, during an exclusive interview with Global Sports, said her first race will be a 200m event in Germany on the 20th and her second one will be a 400m in Belgium. “These are just small meets before we get into the big ones as she has already been confirmed for the IAAF World Challenge in Hengelo, Netherlands,” he said. She will be based in Holland where she will join her training partner Isaac Makwala.
Dipeba went on to say that he expects the 22 year old athlete to do well in Europe. “It’s something new for her but I know she is a very strong young lady, she will impress.” Dipeba is happy that his athletes are getting international race invites, saying “it shows that we are growing and in the future, we will see more of our athletes taking part in European meets because we have very talented athletes in our country. Soon our athletes will be known worldwide.”
It is no surprise for Botlogetswe to get European invites as she has enjoyed a successful season thus far. She managed to run three personal bests in 400m at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She crossed the finishing line second in the 400m heats with a time of 51.73s smashing her then personal best of 51.82s before finishing second in the semifinals with 51.41s to set her new personal best.
Botlogetswe went onto to the finals were she finished fourth, wittling down her personal best to 51.17s; the final was nevertheless won by erstwhile Commonwealth champion in none other than the homegrown Amantle Montsho. The 22 year old, Botlogetswe was also part of the ladies 4x400m relay team that finished third in the finals, setting a national record of 3:26.86.
Carrying on where she left off at Gold Coast, the Rakops born lass finished first in 200m during the Gaborone International meet held late last month, recording a personal best of 23.14s.