The 21 km Manyana Heritage Marathon, a professional athlete, Rapula Diphoko said he was using the race to gauge his level of fitness and mental approach towards a race. Diphoko, of Lefika Athletics Club, who scooped position one and clocked one hour 53 seconds, said the race helped him prepare for a 12 km Africa-Cross Country spectacle to be held in Cameroon in the near future.
He said he participated at the just ended Botswana cross-country in Gaborone where he got position three, and was awaiting selection results for the Africa cross-country as the national race was meant to select athletes who would represent Botswana in Cameroon for the continental showpiece.
He said the Manyana Heritage Marathon helped him realize that he lacks speed and would work on enhancing it, noting that he was slow when ascending slopes. He added his strength was impressive and was optimistic of obtaining a good position if selected for the Africa cross-country showpiece.
He won P2 500 while Ntoko Kelepile of Moshupa went away with P1 500 for the 2nd position after clocking 1hour 5 minutes in the race. The 3rd position went to Mmoloki Ditsele of Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) Athletics Club after clocking 1hour 12minutes and scooped P500.