Amantle Montsho
2011-06-09 Amantle Montsho.jpg
Amantle Montsho at the 2011 Bislett Games
Personal information
Born (1983-07-04) July 4, 1983 (age 39)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400 meters
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 11.60 s

200 m: 22.89 s

400 m: 49.33 s (Monaco, 2013)

Amantle Montsho (born July 4, 1983) is a female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 metres. She represented her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the final at the latter edition. She was the first woman to represent Botswana at the Olympics.[1] She has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is the former World Champion over the 400m, winning in a personal best time of 49.56 in Daegu.

Montsho was suspended for two years for an anti-doping rule violation after she tested positive for methylhexaneamine at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2][3]

A two-time African Championships gold medallist over 400 m, she has also won titles in the event at the 2007 All-Africa Games, the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Her Commonwealth win made her Botswana's first-ever gold medallist of the games.

Her personal best times are 11.60 seconds in the 100m, 22.89 seconds in the 200m, and 49.33 seconds in the 400m. She trains at the High Performance Training Centre in Dakar, Senegal, and She holds the national record for the 400 m both indoors and outdoors.


Montsho was born in Maun, Ngamiland. She has competed at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the World Championships in 2005 and 2007 without reaching the finals.[citation needed]

She won the silver medal at the 2006 African Championships and the gold medal at the 2007 All-Africa Games. At the All-Africa Games, she also finished fifth in the 200 metres.[4] At the 2006 IAAF World Cup she finished sixth with the African 4x400 metres relay team. She ran a personal best and Botswana record of 49.83 seconds to win at the 2008 African Championships in Athletics. It remains the Championship record for the event.

She ran at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships but did not reach the final after a poor showing in the semifinal. Montsho reached her first world final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but her time of 51.18 left her in the last position. The following year, she ran 49.89 in the semifinals at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, which was enough to make the final round of the 400 m. She ran slower in the final than in the semis and finished last. She ended the year with a fifth-place finish at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.

Amantle Montsho narrowly defeated Alyson Felix to become Botswana's first World or Olympic track and field champion in 2011.
Amantle Montsho narrowly defeated Alyson Felix to become Botswana's first World or Olympic track and field champion in 2011.

The 2010 season brought her a series of major titles: she came close to the podium at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships: having set indoor national records in the heats and semi-finals, she was beaten to the bronze medal by Vania Stambolova. She opened her outdoor season with her third fastest ever 400 m run, winning the Gabriel Tiacoh meet in a time of 50.35 seconds – almost two seconds ahead of her training partner Ndeye Fatou Soumah who was next to finish.[5] She defended her continental title by winning the 400 m at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics with a season's best run of 50.03 seconds.[6]

On the 2010 Diamond League circuit, she won at the Bislett Games and was ranked second overall in the 400 m behind Allyson Felix. Montsho ran her fastest time of the year at the 2010 Continental Cup where, representing Africa, she beat Debbie Dunn to win the gold medal in 49.89 seconds.[7] She extended her season further to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. There she became Botswana's first-ever gold medallist at the Games by winning the 400 m with a Games record time of 50.10 seconds.[8][9] She then helped the Botswana team to the 4×400 m relay final, but they finished in seventh place.

At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in South Korea, in the 400 metres final, she narrowly beat Alyson Felix to become Botswana's first World or Olympic track and field champion.

At the 2012 Olympics final she placed 4th with 49.75 seconds.

At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, she was run down in the final metres by Christine Ohuruogu of the 400 metres final, losing by just four-thousandths of a second when Ohuruogu dipped and Montsho remained upright.[10]

She won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia when she and fellow athlete Isaac Makwala made history by being the first athletes from the same country to win both the 400m women and mens in the same Commonwealth Games event.[11]

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Doping ban

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Montsho failed a routine drugs test.[12] Subsequently, this finding was confirmed by the results of her 'B' sample which also tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine.[13] In March 2015 Botswana Athletics Association handed her a 2-year ban from sports.[2][3]


Amantle Montsho has schooled in Bonatla Primary School[14] in Maun.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Botswana
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 14th (h) 400 m 55.06
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 11th (h) 400 m 54.06
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 36th (h) 400 m 53.77 (NR)
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 40th (h) 400 m 53.97
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 15th (sf) 400 m 53.07
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 2nd 400 m 52.68
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 5th 200 m 23.71
1st 400 m 51.13 (NR)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 12th (sf) 400 m 50.90 (NR)
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 8th (sf) 400 m 53.21
African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 400 m 49.83 (CR)
Olympic Games Beijing, China 8th 400 m 51.18
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 400 m 50.65
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 400 m 52.53
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st 400 m 50.03
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 400 m 49.89
Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 1st 400 m 50.10
6th 4 × 400 m relay 3:38.44
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 400 m 49.56 (NR)
All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 1st 400 m 50.87
2012 African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 1st 400 m 49.54
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:31.27 (NR)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 400 m 49.75
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 400 m 49.41
16th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:38.96
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 11th (sf) 400 m 51.28
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:28.00
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st 400 m 50.15
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.86
2019 African Games Rabat, Morocco 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:31.96
2021 World Relays Chorzów, Poland 11th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:34.99
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 400 m DNF


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  3. ^ a b Xinhua: Botswana's Montsho handed a two year-ban from athletics for doping,, 18 March 2015
  4. ^ "2007 All-Africa Games, women's 200 m final". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2007.
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  6. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2010-07-30). Rudisha sizzles 1:42.84 in Nairobi as Kenya collects three golds in Nairobi – African champs, day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-10-15.
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  8. ^ Statistics of the Games . 2010 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved on 2010-10-15.
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Olympic Games Preceded bySamantha Paxinos Flagbearer for  Botswana London 2012 Succeeded byNijel Amos Preceded byNijel Amos Flagbearer for  Botswana Tokyo 2020with Rajab Mahommed Succeeded byIncumbent