Kenya / Botswana: Hellen Syombua withdraws from the Tokyo Olympics, the Grand Montsho of Botswana retires

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Kenya’s only representative in the women’s 400 meters, Hellen Syombua, withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday in the first hurdle.

The national record holder finished fifth in heat 5 after a time of 52.70.

Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson won the preliminary round in 50.89, while Natalie Kaczmarek (51.06) and Paola Moran (51.18) finished second and third respectively to secure the automatic qualifying spots for the running backs. -finals.

Syombua aimed to become the first Kenyan woman to qualify for the semi-finals of the 400m Olympic Games.

With 24 qualified for the semi-finals, Syombua placed 32nd out of 46 competitors.

She said her dream of a one-lap race was far from over.

“This is my first Olympics and I’m happy with my performance so far,” she said.

“There is a lot to look forward to, including the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships next year, so I’ll always focus on the 400 meters.

Meanwhile, former Botswana world champion Amantle Montsho also failed to progress and announced her retirement after a stellar career that saw her win the world title in 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

“I’m old now. I’m 38 and this is my last competition,” she said.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m going to go home and plan my next move … maybe I’ll bet on the coaching.”

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