Amantle Montsho Wins Botswana’s first ever Gold Medal

October, 2010

Amantle Montsho ensured herself star status by winning Botswana's first ever Commonwealth gold medal on Friday when she claimed the 400m gold medal in a new Games record time of 50.10 seconds.With English Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogo missing the event, along with Jamaica's world-class trio of Shericka Simpson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Kaliese Spencer, the title was there for the taking.Montsho stepped up to blitz the field and beat the previous record of 50.17 set in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur by Jamaica's Alexandre Richards.Nigeria's Folashade Abugan (51.39) took the silver and Guyuna's Tabitha Pompey won the bronze (51.65).The experienced Montsho, Botswana's top athlete who carried the flag for her country at the opening ceremony, said it was a dream come true.

"I feel very happy. This is the first ever gold medal for Botswana," she said. "A lot of family and friends will be watching this on TV back home. I'll be a hero when I get home. I didn't feel any pressure because I knew I was going to win tonight."Botswana first completed at the Commonwealth Games at Christchurch in 1974 and have attended every one since then. They had previously won three silvers and four bronze.