Usain Bolt's 'chosen successor' Letsile Tebogo clocks blazing 200m world lead in South Africa

Letsile Tebogo

Usain Bolt's 'chosen successor' Letsile Tebogo clocks blazing 200m world lead in South Africa

Funmilayo Fameso 07:34 - 28.03.2024

Botswana's Letsile Tebogo ran another world-leading time, currently making him the fastest man in three different events this season.

Letsile Tebogo, now fondly called Usain Bolt's 'chosen successor' has dropped another blazing time. This time, by winning the men's 200m event at the ASA Grand Prix III in South Africa.

The Botswanan youngster powered to a blistering 19.94s for the effortless victory - his fastest season opener in the event, became the first man under the 20 seconds mark and is the world lead this year.

Letsile Tebogo became Africa's first men's 100m medallist at the World Championships in Budapest

South Africa's Akani Simbine finished second in 20.32s, and his compatriot Eckhart Potgieter settled for third with 20.61s.

Tebogo has been in outstanding form this season and has clocked super-fast times, with even a world record. He has now clocked three world leads in three different events - 400m (44.29s) and 300m (30.69s, a world record).

His jaw-dropping early season performances tip him as one of the top favourites for the Olympic sprint titles, rivaling the world's fastest man Noah Lyles, as the one to stop the American's quadruple dreams in Paris.

Fans have also highly rated him as the 'chosen successor' not Lyles to Bolt's throne and to break the Jamaican track legend's 200m world record of 19.19s.

With Tebogo's successful early 2024 form, it's expected that the 20-year-old will only get faster. How fast he will run before the season comes to an end and his rivalry with Lyles will keep fans eagerly anticipating and excited, which is good for the sport.