Following her sterling performances at the just ended Commonwealth Games, Christine Botlogetswe is getting a flurry of invitations to attend races in Europe, Global Sport has established.
This is a lady who ran 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 fishing second in the semifinals with 51.41s to set a new her new personal best.
Botlogetswe went to the finals were she finished fourth breaking 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.
Speaking in an interview with this publication, Botlogetswe’s personal mentor who is also the national team coach Justice Dipeba noted that the athlete is getting a lot of race invitations from European. “I expect her to run a couple of meets there; we saw her giving athletes from countries like Jamaica and Bahamas a run for their money so it will be interesting to see how she fares with other athletes of a different calibre,” Dipeba noted.
Dipeba who is also a former national team athlete highlighted that he is impressed on how Botlogetswe performed at the Commonwealth Games. “She is coming out very nicely and I’m very much impressed as she is a hardworking and focused athlete,” he said. “She also knows what she wants and her objective is to run under 51s this season which I think is possible if she runs more races.”
He intends to keep the Rakops born athlete on her toes in ensuring that she performs well this season. Competing in Europe would give a boost to the national ladies 4x400m team’s intensions of finishing first at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships.