Letsile Tebogo runs 19.98 for World U20 championship record in the 200m heats

Botswana’s sprint star Letsile Tebogo clocked an impressive 19.94 seconds to win the men’s 200 meters at the 2024 ASA Athletics Grand Prix 3 – World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger meeting at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday, March 27.

The 20-year-old World Athletics Championships bronze medalist from last season used a strong opening 100m to take control of the race early before powering away from the field down the home straight to win comfortably.

Tebogo’s performance improved the previous 200m world-leading mark of 20.17 seconds, set by Jamaica’s Oblique Seville in Kingston, earlier this month.

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This is also the third world-leading mark set this season by Tebogo, the former African champion in the event from 2022, following his 30.69 seconds to set a new 300m world record on February 17, and his impressive 44.29 secs for the 400m on March 18.

Following Tebogo across the finishing line in the 200m on Wednesday was South Africa’s Akani Simbine, who posted a time of 20.32 secs for second place, and Eckhart Potgieter, also of South Africa who was further back in third place at 20.61 secs.

Meanwhile, Abderrahmane Samba of Qatar, the 2019 400m hurdles World bronze medalist won the men’s 400m with a time of 45.55. Belgium’s Jonathan Sacoor, the winner of the second heat, finished second overall, clocking 45.78.

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