Monday, August 29, 2011
A WOMAN OF MANY FIRSTS: Amantle Montsho
In 2010 Botswana won her first Gold medal at the Commonwealth games, today we - royal we- won our first gold medal at the World Championships. Amantle Montsho who won both these medals was also the first Motswana woman to compete in the Olympics. Today she won the 400m in a national record time of 49.56 seconds, right behind her was 200m three-time champion Allyson Felix (America) with a 49.59 finish, Russia's Anastasiya Kapachinskaya came in third in 50.24 seconds.
Facebook (on the Botswana end) is going crazy with congratulatory status updates and postings of various videos.
Twenty eight year old Amantle hails from the village of Mabudutsa, although her athleticism was nurtured while she was a student in Maun. She has come a long way since then, winning along the way - The Botswana National Sports Council's Sportswoman of the year and Sportsperson of the year. She trains at the High Performance Training Center in Dakar, Senegal.
Well done Amantle, we are all very proud.