CALI, Colombia (August 2) — Letsile Tebogo retained his World U20 men’s 100m title in fine style on Tuesday after showboating his way to another World Junior record of 9.91 seconds on Day 2 here at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Cali, Colombia, on Tuesday, 2 August.
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The Botswanan talented sprinter didn’t disappoint as he not only successfully defended his world title, but broke the record he set at the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Eugene, Oregon, a couple of weeks ago.
In fact, the time could have even been faster had the 19-year-old delayed his celebrations until after the race, as he stunningly began to showboat with about 30 meters left n the race.
“The statement was to come out and enjoy the race,” Tebogo said on World Athletics. “If somebody took it as disrespect, I’m really sorry.
“I saw the fans and (it was so) everybody watching at home can enjoy the race – to remind them a little bit about what Usain Bolt did back in the days. He’s my idol – the person I look up to.”
Jamaica’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie broke the national U20 record when clocking a new personal best time of 10.02 seconds to secure the silver medal before falling facedown on the track to show his emotions in tears of joy.
Benjamin Richardson of South Africa narrowly edged out Puripol Boonson of Thailand for the bronze medal in a delayed photo-finish after both sprinters were credited with a time of 10.12.
Muhd Azeem Fahmi of Malaysia who set a national record in the early round of the competition, was fourth in 10.14 seconds.
Despite his cruising victory, Tebogo said he was a bit nervous before the start of the race.
“I saw they were scared of me, but I was also scared of them,” he added. “When the gun went off I had to make sure I made the best start of my life and it was the best start of my life.
“I didn’t plan (the celebration) but as soon as my first step I knew the title was mine. I didn’t worry about the time. I didn’t look.”