Tuka at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing
|Born||9 January 1991|
Kakanj, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFRY
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||400m: 46.41|
|Updated on January 28, 2019.|
Amel Tuka (born 9 January 1991) is a Bosnian middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 metres. Tuka holds two national records of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 400 metre and 800 metre disciplines. On July 17, 2015, With his time of 1:42.51, Tuka positioned himself as the world leader in the men's 800 metres in Monaco for the year 2015. He subsequently earned his country's first medal in a major athletics championship with his third-place finish in the men's 800 meters at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics.
Tuka was recruited by Atletski Klub Zenica to train full-time in track and field after winning a low-profile 400-m race in Zenica. Since then he has become the most competitive middle-distance runner in the country, having competed and won medals in numerous regional and continental (European) championships.
In June 2013, Tuka won the 800 metre race at the 2013 European Team Championships Third League, running a time of 1:51.11. Less than a month later, Tuka earned third place at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships in the 800 metre, running a national record time of 1:46.29. After the championships, Tuka moved from his native Bosnia to Verona, Italy to train with coach Gianni Ghidini.
On July 1, 2015, Tuka won the men's 800 meters at the 20th Annual International Meeting in Velenje, Slovenia and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics by running 1:44.19. On July 11, 2015, he ran even faster, winning the men's 800 in Madrid with a time of 1:43.84. The result in Madrid put Tuka as the seventh fastest 800 meter runner in the world at the time, tied with Boris Berian. Just six days later at the high-profile Herculis meet in Monaco, Tuka made another major improvement with a win of 1:42.51, making him the eleventh fastest 800 meter runner of all time and the fastest one in the world at the time. In the process he gained a head to head victory over Olympic silver medalist Nigel Amos and defending World Champion Mohammed Aman.
2015 World Championships
At the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, Tuka's finishing speed against conventional 800 meter runners caused world record holder David Rudisha to try a rarely used strategy of slowing the pace until the final 200 metres of the race. Tuka was perfectly positioned for his normal finish but Rudisha's exceptionally fast finish and strategic positioning by his Kenyan teammate Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich took Tuka out of his game. Tuka finished in bronze medal position.
2016 Summer Olympics
He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics where he finished 12th overall in 800 meter race By reaching semifinals in Rio, Tuka became the first runner from Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify from the Heats stage at the Olympics after Jasmin Salihović was eliminated in the heats at 2004 Summer Olympics. Amel Tuka was the Bosnian flag bearer for his country at the opening ceremony of the games.
1Did not start in the semifinals
|800 m||1:42.51||17 July 2015||Monaco|
- The third league of the 2015 European Team Championships
-  Kenan Kaloper. sport1.ba: Amel Tuka oborio lični rekord na mitingu u Sarajevu (in Bosnian). June 11, 2016.
- "Amel TUKA - Athlete Profile". IAAF.
-  IAAF: Beijing 2015 – Men's 800m heats
- Zaccardi, Nick (July 17, 2015). "NBC OlympicTalk: Justin Gatlin stays hot; Genzebe Dibaba breaks world record in Monaco.".
- Elmedin Bišić. "Amel Tuka, otkriće bh. atletike: "Moramo vjerovati u sebe"".
- EAA. "2013 European U23 Championships Results". Archived from the original on 2013-08-20.
- LetsRun.com (July 17, 2015). "Rest of Monaco: A Guy You've Never Heard of From Bosnia Runs 1:42.51, Boris Borian Runs 1:43.34, The Clean World Record in the Shot Put by Kovacs? and Ghribi Runs World Leading Steeple".
- Klix: Amel Tuka šesti na Evropskom prvenstvu, oborio lični i bh. rekord, (in Bosnian) 15 August 2014
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-07-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Zenica blog: Novi rekord: Amel Tuka ide na olimpijadu u Rio! 2 July 2015
-  IAAF: Tuka times his finish to perfection. 11 July 2015
-  Letsrun.com: 33rd Meeting Madrid 2015 Track and Field Results – July 11, 2015
-  IAAF: Herculis Monaco Men's 800 meters results
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Amel Tuka – interview 20". Sanela Prašović Gadžo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
| Flagbearer for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rio de Janeiro 2016