Gable targets Worlds after gold show.
Former Uwic student and Cardiff AAC long jumper Gable Garenamotse won the All-African Games gold medal in Algiers at the weekend when he cleared 8.08m.
The success came hot on the heels of another victory in the Jump Fest meeting in Bad Langensalza, Germany.
The Botswanan cleared 8.34m, with Britain's Chris Tomlinson taking second place with a new GB record of 8.29m and Jamaican James Beckford third.
Coached by Welsh coach Gwyn Williams, Garenamotse will now target the world championships in Osaka.
Ranked ninth in the world, he will have his work cut out to medal, but Williams is full of admiration for the athlete.
"I stayed with Gable in Botswana last December and saw at first hand the problems he has overcome to make the world top 10," said Williams.
"I have the utmost respect and admiration for him. He is a great role model for his people, being a husband and father with a full-time job. He has no sponsorship and lottery funding is unheard of.
"What he has is a great talent, a brave heart, fire in his belly and a belief in himself. It is no surprise that his country voted him their Sports Person of 2006. I have spent time with him on the European circuit this summer.
"The cold wet weather has affected many meetings and performances and Gable is no exception.
"He knows his world ranking will have to be improved on if he is to make the top five at the Worlds, but I wouldn't bet against him."
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Aug 4, 2007|
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