Thursday, September 1, 2011

Botswana's First Gold Medal

Botswana may not be a major player on the international sports stage, but the people here are quite passionate about athletics nonetheless.

Since the country's independence in 1966, Botswana has never won a gold medal in the Olympics or the World Championships. That changed very quickly (49.56 seconds actually) this past week when Botswana sprinter Amantle Montsho won the Gold Medal in the women's 400-meters at the World Championships in South Korea.

Besides being a world champion sprinter, she was also the first woman to represent Botswana in the Olympics, when she went to the 2004 games.

Before the event, the secretary general of the Botswana Athletic Association said, "We have diamonds. We have beef. We said we wanted gold."

Now they have all three.