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Tshepiso Maselela storms to victory in 800m race in Czech

Botswana’s Tshepiso Maselela storms to victory in 800m race at the Czech Indoor Gala, the second leg of the World Indoor Tour Gold held on January 31, 2024 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Photo: World Athletics
Botswana’s Tshepiso Maselela storms to victory in 800m race at the Czech Indoor Gala, the second leg of the World Indoor Tour Gold held on January 31, 2024 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Photo: World Athletics

The 2012 Africa Games 800m bronze medallist, Tshepiso Maselela from Botswana stormed to victory in the men’s 800m race at the Czech Indoor Gala, the second leg of the World Indoor Tour Gold held on Tuesday (31) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The 24 year-old who is also the multiple times National champion in the 800m and 1500m and was making his debut in Indoor, held off World Athletics Championships semifinalist Catalin Tecuceanu of Romania as he crossed the finish line first in a new personal best of 1:46.41 with the latter coming home in 1:46.90.

“It was my first indoor race and it is different because of the curves. You need more technique to run indoors. Since I was a junior athlete, I always wanted to try it. I think I am going to like it. My plan was to stay in the front. That’s what I told the organizers before the race. I am planning to run four indoor races and going back to South Africa. I have not decided yet if I am going to compete indoors”, said Maselela.

The 2021 European Indoor 800m silver medallist, Mateusz Borzkovski sealed the podium three finishes in 1:47.33.

Czech Republic’s Jakub Dudycha and Daniel Kotyza came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 1:47.42 and 1:47.52 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

800M MEN

POSNAMENATRESULT
1.Tshepiso MASALELABOT1:46.41
2.Catalin TECUCEANUITA1:46.90
3.Mateusz BORKOWSKIPOL1:47.33
4.Jakub DUDYCHACZE1:47.42
5.Daniel KOTYZACZE1:47.54

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  • John Vaselyne

    John Vaselyne is the founder of Athletics News. Africa’s only Independent Athletics News website. He has covered World U18 and U20 Championships, World Cross Country Championships, Four Continental Tour Gold Series, Wanda Diamond League. He has passion for the Sport and has over seven years experience in this area of sport. He is also the Leading Athletics Pundit in the Country, having been hosted in ALL leading TV stations in Kenya

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