Local 400m sensation Karabo Sibanda has relocated to Kingston, Jamaica to train under the tutelage of Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, Global Sports has established.
Racers Track Club is the brainchild of Jamaican sprinting coach Mills who also happens to be Usain Bolt’s former coach. Mills is the man who is credited with helping Bolt claim the World 100m (9.58s) and 200m (19.19s) records at the age of 23 during the 2009 World Championships.
This publication understands that Sibanda’s relocation to Jamaica was influenced by his manager. “He left for USA towards the end of April to go and get medical attention for the injury he sustained during the Commonwealth Games. He then went to Jamaica to train with Glen and this all because of his manager as he was not satisfied with his current performances and he would regain his form by moving to Jamaica,” said an athlete close to Sibanda who opted for anonymity.
Reached for comment Botswana Athletics Association mouth piece Ipolokeng Ramatshaba confirmed with Global Sports that indeed the athlete has relocated to Jamaica. “But I cannot reveal how long he is going to be based there. The problem with our athletes is that they have a tendency of leaving without our knowledge,” Ramatshaba said. “It however looks like his move was influenced by his manager,” Ramatshaba noted.
Sibanda has been enjoying a dull spell in his career. The last time he dished out a noteworthy performance was during the 2016 Rio Olympics when he surprised many by reaching the 400m finals at the age of 18 years. He finished fifth in the 400m final running a personal best of 44.25, he was also the only Motswana athlete who reached individual finals at the 2016 summer games
His track record
The Maun born lad registered himself in the athletics history books during the 2014 Africa Youth Games when he clinched a 400m gold medal winning the hearts of many locals on course. The 20 year old athlete also secured a silver medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympics in the same year.
He holds several titles in his name, among them the 2015 Africa Junior Championships 400m gold and 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games 400m title, to mention but a few. He marked his presence in the senior ranks at the age of 18 when he won a 400m silver during the Africa senior championships; the final was won by Baboloki Thebe.
Last year he failed to run a sub 44 as he finished the year with a season’s best of 45.05. His seasonal best this year is 46.15. Sibanda is expected to take part in the Racers Grand Prix Athletics Meeting scheduled for the 9th June at the Jamaican National Stadium in Kingston.