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Tebogo sets the track alight with a new world best in the 300m

By Hannes Nienaber , in Athletics | Featured Athletics | News , at 2024-02-17 Tags:

LETSILE TEBOGO set a new world best in the 300m sprint during the Simbine Curro Classic Shootout in Pretoria. PHOTO: Marius Nortjé

Botswana’s speed merchant Letsile Tebogo recorded a new world best in the 300m for men during the Simbine Curro Classic Shootout in Pretoria on Saturday. He bettered the previous best, which had been set by Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa), with an incredible 30.69-second sprint.

The Simbine Curro Classic Shootout was part of the annual Curro Podium meeting for schools at the Pilditch Stadium in the Jacaranda City.

Before Van Niekerk established the previous mark of 30.81 in 2017, at the Golden Spike in Ostrava, it belonged to the American sprint legend Michael Johnson. Johnson’s time of 30.85 had been set in 2000 at the same Pilditch Stadium.

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The 20-year-old Tebogo is the current u20 world record holder in the 100m with an incredible time of 9.91 seconds, which he recorded at the u20 World Championships in Cali, Colombia, in 2022.

He also won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m at the 2023 World Championships.

The only other athlete to dip under 31 seconds in the 300m is Usain Bolt (Jamaica) whose best performance stopped the clock at 30.97 seconds.

Double Olympic finalist Akani Simbine also caused excitement when he broke the South African 150m record during the meeting, His time of 15.04 sliced 0.04 seconds off of the previous mark that had stood behind Anaso Jobodwana‘s name since March, 2018.

Simbine showed with his performance that his preparations for the Olympic Games in Paris, which begin on 26 July, are on track.

He is also the SA record holder in the 100m with a time of 9.84 seconds, which he set in July 2021.

The women’s record in the 150m also went down, with Viwe Jingqi clocking an impressive 16.93 seconds.

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