Letsile Tebogo Downplays Usain Bolt’s World Record Ambitions Amid Noah Lyles Stance

Letsile Tebogo Downplays Usain Bolt’s World Record Ambitions Amid Noah Lyles Stance

Martin Moses
updated at May 6, 2024 at 9:08 AM
  • Letsile Tebogo has refused to be drawn into the sprint world record conversations
  • Noah Lyles made public his intentions to break Usain Bolt's longstanding records
  • Tebogo led Botswana to victory in the 4 by 400m in Nassau, Bahamas, on May 5

Sprint sensation, Letsile Tebogo, has reiterated that breaking the world records is not part of his agenda as the 2024 outdoor athletics season gets into full gear.

Tebogo was one of the athletes who competed at the World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. The 20-year-old helped his side qualify for the Paris Olympics before winning the gold medal in the 4 by 400m race.

Letsile Tebogo, Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles, World Relays Championships, Kipkeino Classic, Paris 2024
Letsile Tebogo (right) competes at the Absa Kipkeino classic in Nairobi, Kenya on April 20. Photo by Tony Karumba.
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He ran the second leg as Botswana set a world-leading time of 2:59.11 ahead of South Africa's 3:00.75 and Belgium's 3:01.16.

Letsile Tebogo's career achivements

Tebogo has often been touted as the next Usain Bolt, having achieved so much at a tender age. He is a former world U-20 100m record holder before transitioning to senior races, where he won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

This year, he set a new world record in the unconventional 300m, running a time of 30.69 in Pretoria, South Africa. His personal bests currently stand at 9.88(100m), 19.50(200m) and 44.29 for the 400m as captured by World Athletics.

It remains unclear if he will participate in every discipline at the Summer Olympics.

Tebogo refuses to talk about Usain Bolt's world records

However, speaking after winning gold in Nassau, Tebogo refused to be drawn into the talk of breaking the world records as he keeps getting better.

"Take me out of that world record conversation because I don't want that pressure to put myself in," he told CITIUS MAG.
"Let (Noah) Lyles speak about the world record and everyone else who wants to speak about it."

Lyles: I'll break Usain Bolt's records

Sports Brief has previously reported about Lyles' ambitions to break Usain Bolt's world records.

The American sensation disclosed the plans to do so at the upcoming Olympic games in Paris, France.

The current world records stand at 9.58 seconds for 100m and 19.19 seconds for the 200m.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)