Amos at Mannheim Competition 2012
15 March 1994 |
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (130 lb)|
|Event(s)||400 metres, 800 metres|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||400 metres: 45.66
800 metres: 1:41.73 WJR
Amos is from Marobela Village in the North Eastern part of Botswana. He went to Shangano Community Junior Secondary School (2007–2009) in Nshakazhogwe and Tutume McConnel Community College (2010–2012).
At the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships, Amos ran a Botswana Junior Record time of 1:47.28. Further improving on his record, Amos finished fifth in the 800 metres at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics. In 2012 he improved his National Senior Record to 1:43.11 during a race in Mannheim. He became champion at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics, finishing in a new championship record of 1:43.79. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Amos won a silver medal in the men's 800 m race, the first Olympic medal for his country. His time of 1:41.73 established a new World Junior Record behind the new World Record set by David Rudisha and is tied with Sebastian Coe for the third fastest individual ever.
After an injury filled 2013 season, Amos returned to form in 2014. At the 2014 Prefontaine Classic, Amos set a meet record and world leading time of 1:43.63.  At the Herculis IAAF Diamond League, he again set a meet record and world leading mark of 1:42.45.  Beating Rudisha for the 2nd time on the season, his performance was the fastest 800m race since the men's 800 m race. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Amos won the 800 meter Gold medal in 1:45.18. In the tactical affair, Amos maneuvered out of a box to pass World Record holder David Rudisha in the last 50 meters.
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- "Surprise, Nijel Amos steals away with the Prefontaine Classic 800 meters". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- Mike Rowbottom. "Kiplagat and Amos are surprise packages in Monaco Diamond League meeting". insidethegames.biz - Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games News. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "David Rudisha is beaten by Nijel Amos in 800m final at Commonwealth Games as Hampden Park witnesses shock". Telegraph.co.uk. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.