• Montsho: Age ain’t nothing but a number

July 18, 2020

Gaborone - Few gave the then 35-year-old runner much of a chance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but Amantle Montsho is used to defying the odds and emerging on top.

Her 400m individual gold in Australia and her bronze in the 4x400m relay came four years after she was found guilty of doping at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, leading to a two-year ban from competition.

At the World Championships in London in 2017, when her exile was over, Montsho finished well outside the medal positions in both the 400m and the 4x400m.

Heading into the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast the following year, it looked like her best years were behind her.

But she emerged with two medals – and this coming a whole eight years after she had become Botswana’s first ever Commonwealth gold medallist with a Games record of 50,10s in the 400m in New Delhi, India in 2010.

And now in 2020, when everyone thought the 38-year-old would be retiring, Montsho is defying the odds once more and will run a little longer and a little further.