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Former World Champion Botswana Amantle Montsho To Defy Age

The 38 years old 2011 World 400 Champion, Botswana Amantle Montsho is ready to defy age by appearing in next year Olympics Games.

Montsho had indicated she would hang up her spikes after the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, the Games have been moved to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and Montsho, it seems, will wait until the Olympics are held before calling it a day.

When The Southern Times Sport asked her to reveal what her plans were, Montsho referred this publication to the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA).

BAA president Paphane Botlhale confirmed in an interview that Botswana’s star athlete would defy age and represent her country at least once more.

“She is part of our team that will represent the country at the 2020 Olympic Games … even though the Games have been postponed to next year, they are still referred to as the 2020 Olympic Games,” Botlhale said.

 “She is one of the people that we believe should be given the opportunity to compete at the games before she retires.

“We still believe that she still has a lot to offer especially, if her performance at last year’s African Games is anything to go by. She is an inspiration to upcoming athletes as she gives so much confidence when she is around.”

At the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco, Montsho helped Botswana clinch silver in the 4x400m relay.

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