DAEGU2011 - Amantle Montsho wins Botswana’s first World Championships Gold

Submitted by Yomi Omogbeja on 29 August 2011 - 6:11pm

Amantle Montsho earned Botswana its first ever gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in the Women's 400m race in Daegu, South Korea on last night.

Montsho overcame a stellar field that included three-time 200m world champion, America's Allyson Felix in a time of 49.56seconds, 0.03sec ahead of her rival, with Russia's Anastasiya Kapachinskaya coming third in 50.24 seconds.

The Commonwealth Games champion also beat the defending champion Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States who finished seventh in 51.32.

"I'm so happy today to win my gold medal. I still can't believe it. I would like to thank all the athletes, those who made me run faster, especially Felix, because she has good speed so that made me run faster," said Montsho.

The 28-year-old sprinter added the world title to her other several titles in her list including the Commonwealth Games 400m title which she scooped in Delhi last year.

Day 3 Results