Nijel Amos

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Nijel Amos
Nijel Amos.jpg
Amos at Mannheim Competition 2012
Personal information
Nationality Botswana
Born (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 21)
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)
Sport Track
Event(s) 400 metres, 800 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 metres: 45.66[1]
800 metres: 1:41.73[1] WJR

Nijel Carlos Amilfitano Amos (born 15 March 1994) is a Botswana middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 metres discipline. He represented Botswana at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Early life[edit]

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).[citation needed]

Running career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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. [5] At the Herculis IAAF Diamond League, he again set a meet record and world leading mark of 1:42.45. [6] 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.[7]

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