Letsile Tebogo made history for himself and his nation on Thursday having won gold for Botswana [first of it kind at a global championship] in the men’s 100m at the 2021 World Athletics U-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Despite a difficult day for field eventers after heavy downpour caused the championships to be delayed, the 18-year-old [Tebogo] clocked 10.19 seconds, ahead of Benjamin Richardson of South Africa [10.28] and Shainer Rengifo Montoya of Cuba [10.32].

The men’s 5000m saw Benson Kiplangat [13:20.37] took gold for Kenya after beating Ethiopian Tadese Worku [13:20.65] on the last lap. Levy Kibet of Kenya claimed bronze having finished in 13:26.01.

Worku who claimed gold in the men’s 3000m on Wednesday was not due to run the 5000m, but he made a late decision to contest it after one of his team-mates withdrew.

Teresiah Muthoni Gateri of Kenya [8:57.78] also beat Zenah Jemutai Yego [Kenya] and Ethiopia’s Melknat Wudu to win the women’s 3000m race.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson