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60 seconds with Isaac Makwala – Marrakech 2014

Here are 12 things you never knew about Botswana’s quarter-miler Isaac Makwala, the African men’s 400m record-holder, outside of Track and Field.

Isaac Makwaala of Botswana after winning the men's 400m in a Championships Record of 44.23 secs in Marrakech - August 2014 / Photo Credit: Yomi Omogbeja
Isaac Makwaala of Botswana after winning the men's 400m in a Championships Record of 44.23 secs in Marrakech - August 2014 / Photo Credit: Yomi Omogbeja

Botswana’s quarter-miler, Isaac Makwala is the African men’s 400m record-holder (44.01) and will lead ‘s campaign for honours this weekend at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech.

Last month at the African Senior Athletics Championships – Marrakech 2014, Makwala sets a new Championship record of 44.23 secs to reclaim his African title.

AthleticsAfrica editor, Yomi Omogbeja, caught up with in Marrakech. Here are 12 things you never knew about Isaac Makwala outside of Track and Field.

AA: What is your greatest fear?
IM: I really can’t say. I trust myself and not afraid of anything

AA: What is the traits you most deplore in others?
IM: I don’t like to judge others. Most of the times, I try and look at the fact that we are different and have different reaction, thinking, and reasons for doing things our own way.

AA:  What food do you like the most?
IM: Rice, papa and chicken.

AA: Which book are you reading at the moment?
IM: None

AA: What is your favourite pre-competition routine?
IM: Resting, watching TV and listening to music.

AA: Who are your toughest rivals on the track?
IM: Lashawn Merritt and Kirani James.

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AA: If you had to choose another event to star in, which would it be?
IM: The 200m because I already have good [fast] times there.

AA: If you weren’t an athlete, what would you be doing?
IM: In school, completing my studies and working.

AA: Who is your best friend?
IM: He he he, I don’t have the best one they are many.

AA: What is your favourite African/Botswana movie?
IM: African: Sarafina (South Africa).

AA: What is your favourite African music star/song?
IM: Oliver Mtukuzi.

AA: What do you consider your greatest achievement
IM: Winning the African title in Porto-Novo 2012 and setting the African record in 400m this year.

Yomi is the founder of Africa's number one track and field website - AthleticsAfrica. A multi award-winning editor, journalism innovator, media trainer, sports and digital transformation consultant.

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