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Commonwealth Games: Montsho gives Botswana historic 400m double

Amantle Montsho pips a Jamaican double-act, who have to settle for silver and bronze, to earn Botswana a rare 400m double by taking the women’s 400m gold in the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

Amantle Montsho after winning the women's 400m gold in the Gold Coast / Credit: Getty
Amantle Montsho after winning the women's 400m gold in the Gold Coast / Credit: Getty

Amantle Montsho pips a Jamaican double-act, who have to settle for silver and bronze, to earn Botswana a rare 400m double by taking the women’s 400m gold in the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

Montsho regained the title she won at the 2010 Delhi Games while Jamaica secured the silver and bronze medals through Anastasia Le-Roy in 50.57 and 2014 Commonwealth champion Stephenie McPherson in 50.93..

Just 24 four hours after her compatriot Isaac Makwala cruised to victory in the men’s 400m, Montsho, the 2011 world champion, produced her quickest time for five years to register 50.15 and prove she is back to her best. The mark was 0.05 shy of her Games record.

“The race was good and I’m happy I won,” Montsho said.

“I wanted to break the Commonwealth Games record (50.10). I nearly broke it, so I’m happy with my time.”

It is the first time in Commonwealth Games history the 400m men’s and women’s events have been won by athletes from the same country.

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