Veteran Botswana sprinter, Amantle Montsho, has called time on her illustrious athletics career, spanning close to two decades.
The 38-year-old’s international career saw her compete in two Olympics Games as she made history being the first woman to represent Botswana at the Olympics in 2004.
Montsho earned her first major medal in 2007 at the All Africa Games in Algiers, where she won the gold. A year later, she competed at the Olympics in Beijing, progressing to the final of the 400m event.
One of her major achievements was in 2011 at the World Athletics Championship, where she won a gold medal, becoming the first track and field athlete from Botswana to win a gold medal at the World Championships. For good measure, she is the only athlete from Botswana to achieve this.
Montsho’s career highlights include:
– 1 World Athletics Championships gold medal (The first and only medal for Botswana at the World Championships) 2011, Daeugu, Korea
– 1 World Athletics Championships silver medal (Moskva, Russia 2013)
– 1 World Indoor bronze medal (Doha, Qatar 2010)
– 1 World Continental Cup gold medal (Split, Croatia 2010)
– 1 World Continental Cup 4*400m silver medal (Split, Croatia 2010)
– 2 All Africa Games gold medals (Maputo 2010, Algiers 2007)
– 1 All Africa Games silver medal (Rabat 2019)
– 3 African Championships gold medals (Addis Ababa 2008, Nairobi 2010 & Porto Novo 2012)
– 2 African Championships silver medal (Bambous 2006, Porto Novo 2012)
– 2 Olympic Games Finalist (London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympics)
– 4 World Championships Finalist
– 2 Commonwealth Games gold medals (New Delhi 2010 & Gold Coast 2018)
– 1 Commonwealth Games bronze medal (4×400 m relay 2018).
– National Record holder of the 400m outdoor and indoor events
– 3x Diamond League Champion
– 15 Diamond League Meeting wins