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SPORTS PROFILE :  

ONALENNA OABONA

Born on 6 June 1984, Onalenna attended Mahalapye 
Primary School and it was there in Standard Four that 
he started his athletics career. In Junior Secondary at 
Pekenene he developed steadily being chosen to 
represent Botswana in cross-country in the Regional 
championships held in Victoria Falls, March 2000. In 
2001 he won 2 gold medals and 1 silver in the BISA Finals
and three weeks later won silver in 800m in the COSSASA Championships in Harare. Following this 
success Onalenna travelled to Budapest, Hungary, to compete in the World Youth Championships and 
reached the Finals of 800m.
This outstanding performance led to Onalenna being named as 2001 Junior Sportsman of The Year by 
the Botswana National Sports Council.
In January 2002 Onalenna moved to Maun SS where he joined Form Four in March.
He has continued to realise his vast potential, winning two gold medals in the BISA finals 800m, and 
anchor man in the school's 4x400m relay squad. In April two more gold medals were won - in the 
COSSASA Championships held in Molepolole. Onalenna won the 800m and was an integral member 
of Botswana's 4x400m relay team. This triumph was followed by another gold in The Southern Regional Championships, where Onalenna out sprinted the much Vaunted South African champion to break the 
Botswana junior record in l min 50.5 sec.
July saw Botswana sending a team of five athletes to Jamaica to compete in The World Junior 
Championships. Travel arrangements left much to be desired, the squad arriving the night before the 
800m heats - after a 29 hour journey!  However a jet-lagged Onalenna performed well, coming third in 
his heat breaking the Botswana Junior record in 1 min 50.2 sec. His third place ranked him 17th place  
in all the heats - only 16 progressed to the next round ( 0.01 of a second between 16th and 17th). We 
had the consolation of seeing the first two runners in Onalenna's heat eventually coming second and 
fourth in the Finals.
 
August 2002:  Onalenna is back to basics... cross-country, road work and weight training to build up 
stamina for next years athletics season. He will still be a junior in 2003.

 

 

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