Letsile Tebogo reveals ambition to match Usain Bolt as one the world's greatest

Letsile Tebogo

Letsile Tebogo reveals ambition to match Usain Bolt as one the world's greatest

Joel Omotto 18:00 - 15.04.2024

Botswana sprint sensation Letsile Tebogo has expressed his desire to dominate the world of sprints for many years just like his idol Usain Bolt.

Botswana sprint sensation Letsile Tebogo has revealed his desire to ascend to the heights managed by his idol Usain Bolt heading into the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Tebogo is seen as the next big star in the world of sprint and has backed that up with some impressive performances, winning silver in 100m and bronze in 200m at the 2023 World Championships.

The 20-year-old has started 2024 like a house on fire, running a world lead 19.94 in 200m at the ASA Athletics Grand Prix in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as lowering his personal best in 400m by running 44.29 in Pretoria in March.

That came after he had shattered the 300m world record in February, clocking an astonishing 30.69 at the Simbine Curro Classic, in what was a better time than that managed by Bolt and US legend Michael Johnson.

With Olympics the next big event, the Tebogo has set lofty ambitions and believes a good outing in Paris will put him on the road to becoming one of the greats, just like his idol Bolt.

"He (Bolt) is my idol - the person I most look up to. What he achieved was truly amazing. Whenever he ran, I watched him on TV,” Tebogo told AFP.

"Everyone remembers Usain and I would love them to remember me too when I hang up my running shoes. I do not have to be the number one of all time - being among the top three will do just fine.”

Raised in Kanye, a town 68 kilometres south of Botswana’s capital Gaborone, Tebogo is seeking to become the second athlete from his country to win an Olympics medal after Nijel Amos claimed silver at the 2012 London edition.

He believes Africa has great potential in sprints and it is now time to show it on a global stage.

"The time has come for African athletes to dominate sprint events on the international stage," said the athlete, who is based at the University of Oregon on the American west coast.

Having become the first African to win a medal in 100m at the World Championships last year, few can bet against Tebogo making further history in Paris.

Tebogo’s road to Paris includes a number of events with the first coming up in Nairobi this weekend when he will feature in the 200m at the Kip Keino Classic at Nyayo Stadium on April 20.

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