The inaugural World Continental Tour meet, the FNB Botswana Grand Prix slated for the 29th of April, will throw up some explosive encounters, one of which is the men’s 100m which will be starring some of Africa’s finest.
Africa’s fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, and home favourite, Letsile Tebogo, who is the current World U-20 Record holder in the 100m, will be going head-to-head for the first time this season.
Their last encounter was at the 2022 World Championships in the men’s 100m semifinals, where Omanyala finished ahead of Tebogo in heat 3, placing 5th as the youngster finished in 7th place.
Omanyala has caressed the 10s barrier three times this season and currently has a Season’s Best (SB) of 10.05s from his victorious campaign at the ASA Grand Prix 2, making him the 4th fastest African in 2023.
The Commonwealth Games Champion will be hoping to get his first sub-10 of the season in Botswana, going by the calibre of his competitors.
Tebogo on the other hand, has not run any 100m race yet in 2023 and will be using this as an event opener. He competed over the 200m at the Miramar Invitational where he was narrowly edged by Christian Coleman by a few thousandths of a second after finishing with an identical World Lead (WL) of 20.00s.
Tebogo clocked his first-ever sub-10 on home soil at the Gaborone Invitational meet last year and will be aiming to replicate same come Saturday.
Other competitors in the mix include World 100m Silver medalist Marvin Bracy William, World 200m Silver medalist Kenny Bednarek, Aaron Brown, Emmanuel Matadi, Kyree King, and Thuto Masasa.