Montsho returns after ban
By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE – FORMER world 400m champion, Amantle Montsho, has started training, as she makes a comeback following a two-year ban for using a banned substance.
Montsho is targeting a return to the world championships in August. The games will be held in London.
She was banned after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, immediately after finishing a race at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July 2014.
Montsho’s ban ended last July but she has not been involved in competitive races, as she makes her way back.
Montsho’s coach, Mogomotsi Otsetswe, is confident the athlete would be firing soon, although she has begun slowly.
“At first her legs looked a bit heavy and her transition was slow but she has since begun to be a bit fast. I am giving her February to train hard and by March I will be expecting her to compete,” Otsetswe told the local media.
Tshephang Tshube, psychologist with the Botswana athletics team, believes Montsho is in the right mental and physical shape to compete at the highest level.
But at 34, Montsho is nearing her twilight and might struggle to reproduce the form which took her to the top of the 400m women’s pile in 2011.
Montsho has stayed away from the media spotlight and has refused to grant interviews since her ban.
However, she was recently spotted at South African 800m runner, Caster Semenya’s wedding.
The Maun-born athlete was the first Motswana to be crowned world champion after a triumphant run at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
But she has not been able to hit the right strides since a Samsung Diamond League triumph the same year, fizzling out at the London 2012 Olympics when her country expected her to bring a medal.