Letsile Tebogo Passes Usain Bolt and Wayde Van Niekerk to Set New 300m World Record

Letsile Tebogo Passes Usain Bolt and Wayde Van Niekerk to Set New 300m World Record

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 18, 2024 at 7:19 AM
  • Letsile Tebogo has set a new 300m world record
  • The Botswana star broke Wayde van Niekerk's record
  • The 20-year-old is the world 100m silver medalist

Botswana sprinter Letsile Tebogo has shattered the 300m world record.

The world 100m silver medalist broke the record on Saturday, February 17, at the Simbine Curro Classic Shoot-Out in Pretoria, South Africa.

Tebogo clocked 30.69 to comfortably win the race.

Letsile Tebogo, Botswana, World Athletics, Olympics, Usain Bolt, Wayde van Niekerk
Letsile Tebogo is a world silver medalist in the 100m. Photo by Steph Chambers.
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The 20-year-old broke the record of 3.81 held by South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk since 2017. Moreover, Simbine surpassed Usain Bolt's record (30.97) set in 2010 and American legend Michael Johnson.

The Botswana youngster dominated the race from start to finish and crossed the line ahead of Gardeo Isaacs (31.91) and Bayapo Ndori, per World Athletics.

Tebogo is ramping up his preparations for a busy 2024. He is seeking to become the first African to win a gold medal in the man's 100m since 1908.

The sprinter has shown promising signs following a breakout 2023 season, where he won two medals at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Letsile Tebogo makes history

In August 2023, Tebogo became the first African to win a men's 100m medal at the World Athletics Championships, as Sports Brief reported earlier.

The 19-year-old sprinter clocked 9.99 seconds in a sensational race won by America's Noah Lyles, who promised gold in the final and delivered in a time of 9.83 seconds.

He also holds the African record in the 200m, which he broke in the 2023 London Diamond League in July 2023, per Olympics.

Tebogo will definitely compete in the 100m and 200m at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Going by his performance in last year's global championships, he will land at least two medals.

Tebogo takes bronze in Budapest

Sports Brief also reported on Letsile Tebogo getting a bronze medal in the 200m at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Tebogo clocked 19.81 seconds to finish third behind winner Noah Lyles and his compatriot Erryion Knighton.

The young sprinter will be looking to upgrade that medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.