Amantle Montsho: Exceptional Female Sprinter from Botswana
Montsho is ranked number one women athlete in 400 meters as on date with score
of 1402. To her credit she is World Championships Gold medallist, World
Championships Silver medallist, twice All-Africa Games Gold medallist, thrice
African Championships Gold medallist, twice African Championships Silver
medallist, twice Olympic Games finalist, thrice World Championships finalist and
fifteen times Diamond League meeting winner.
Amantle Montshowas born on 4th July 1983 in Maun, Ngamiland, Botswana. She is a
female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 metres. She represented
her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the final at the
latter edition. She has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics
and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is the former World Champion over
the 400m, winning in a personal best time of 49.56 in Daegu.
A two-time African Championships gold medallist over 400 m, she has also won
titles in the event at the 2007 All-Africa Games, the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup
and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Her Commonwealth win made her Botswana's first
ever gold medallist of the games. Her personal best times are 11.60 seconds in
the 100 m, 22.94 seconds in the 200 metres and 49.33 seconds in the 400 m. She
trains at the High Performance Training Centre in Dakar, Senegal. She holds the
national record for the 400 m both indoors and outdoors.
She has competed at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the
World Championships in 2005 and 2007 without reaching the finals. She won the
silver medal at the 2006 African Championships and the gold medal at the 2007
All-Africa Games. At the All-Africa Games she also finished fifth in the 200
metres. At the 2006 IAAF World Cup she finished sixth with the African 4x400
metres relay team. She ran a personal best and Botswana record of 49.83 seconds
to win at the 2008 African Championships in Athletics. It remains the
Championship record for the event.
She ran at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships but did not reach the final
after a poor showing in the semifinal. Montsho reached her first world final at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but her time of 51.18 left her in last position. The
following year, she ran 49.89 in the semifinals at the 2009 World Championships
in Athletics which was enough to make the final round of the 400 m. She ran
slower in the final than she did in the semis and finished last as a result. She
ended the year with a fifth place finish at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.
The 2010 season brought her a series of major titles: she came close to the
podium at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships: having set indoor national
records in the heats and semi-finals, she was beaten to the bronze medal by
Vania Stambolova. She opened her outdoor season with her third fastest ever 400
m run, winning the Gabriel Tiacoh meet in a time of 50.35 seconds – almost two
seconds ahead of her training partner Ndeye Fatou Soumah who was next to finish.
She defended her continental title by winning the 400 m at the 2010 African
Championships in Athletics with a season's best run of 50.03 seconds.
On the 2010 Diamond League circuit she won at the Bislett Games and was ranked
second overall in the 400 m behind Allyson Felix. Montsho ran her fastest time
of the year at the 2010 Continental Cup where, representing Africa, she beat
Debbie Dunn to win the gold medal in 49.89 seconds. She extended her season
further to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. There she became Botswana's
first ever gold medallist at the Games by winning the 400 m with a Games record
time of 50.10 seconds. She then helped the Botswana team to the 4×400 m relay
final, but they finished in seventh place.
At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in South Korea, she narrowly beat
Alyson Felix to become Botswana's first World or Olympic track and field
champion. At the 2012 Olympics final she placed 4th with 49.75 seconds. At the
2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, in a terrific race she was run
down in the final metres by Christine Ohuruogu, losing by just four thousandths
of a second when Ohuruogu dipped and Montsho remained upright.
Dated 21 December 2013