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A 20-year-old athlete from Botswana improved Wayde van Niekerk’s world best time in the 300 m at Pilditch in Pretoria.

A red-hot Letsile Tebogo stopped the clock at 30.69 seconds at the Simbine Curro Classic Shoot-out.

The world’s top time over this distance previously stood behind the name of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk when he made eyes stretch with a run of 30.81.

Van Niekerk set his time in 2017 in the Czech Republic.

Tebogo turned on the speed taps early on Saturday and he was already the overall leader after the first turn.

He kept his foot in the corner and beat his nearest opponent – Gardeo Isaacs – by more than a second.

The Botswana sprinter is undoubtedly an athletic force to be reckoned with.

He first improved the 100 m record for under-20 athletes to 9.94 in Oregon, after which he improved it to 9.91 a short time later in Colombia.

What makes Tebogo’s performance even more remarkable is the fact that he has just returned to athletics after a hamstring injury.

Simbine also pulls his jet shoes closer

Then South Africa’s Akani Simbine also showed that he is ready for action when he broke the national record in the 150 m event.

Simbine completed his run in a time of 15.04 seconds to improve Anaso Jobodwana’s previous record of 15.08.