Letsile Tebogo: “I would have offered my place to Akani Simbine”

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Botswanan sprinter pays tribute to African sprinters!

Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo has paid tribute to the African sprinters who have paved the way for him and it is when he became the first man from the continent to reach the podium in the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships.

The 20-year-old stormed a new national record of 9.88 seconds in the final behind American Noah Lyles on Sunday night. But, he said he would have offered up his place to South Africa’s Akani Simbine. Simbine was disqualified from the semifinals after a false start.

“For Akani I’m really sad that he didn’t make it to the final because I really wanted him to be there,”

“Even I could move that space for him… because they have been doing this for a long time and they really deserve the medals.”

From: Tebogo

Tebogo’s silver medal is a historic achievement for African sprinting. He is confident that the continent will continue to produce world-class sprinters in the years to come.

“It really shows that the continent has a lot of potential, looking at the likes of Ferdinand and Akani,”

“For me I really wanted them to have this medal before me, so that I can come up knowing that I have two African brothers who got this medal and they really motivate me going forward.”

From: Tebogo

What’s next for Letsile Tebogo?

Tebogo will turn his attention to the 200m, where he is also a medal contender. He recently broke iconic Namibian sprinter Frankie Fredericks’ 26-year-old African record in the event. Therefore, he will be looking to challenge Lyles for gold.

“The one thing I’ve learned at these World Championships is that you have to be very well prepared mentally and emotionally,” he said. “If anything distracts you, you can go home.

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