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 24)
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400 metres, 800 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 200 metres: 21.34 [1]
400 metres: 45.56[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 won silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was Botswana's first ever Olympic medal.

Early life[edit]

Nijel Amos is from Marobela Village in the North Eastern part of Botswana. He went to Shangano Community Junior Secondary School (2007–2009) in Nshakashongwe and Tutume McConnell Community College (2010–2011).[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]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Amos competed in the 800 m and the 4x400 relay. He finished 7th in his heat for the 800 m and did not qualify for the semifinals.[8] The Botswana 4 × 400 m relay team finished 5th in the finals.[9] Amos was the flag bearer for Botswana during the Parade of Nations.[10]

He finished 5th in the 800m at the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c All-Athletics. "Profile of Nijel Amos".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  3. ^ "Nijel Amos of Botswana wins silver, Timothy Kitum of Kenya wins bronze in men's 800-meter race –". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ "800 Metres – men – senior – outdoor –". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Surprise, Nijel Amos steals away with the Prefontaine Classic 800 meters". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  6. ^ Mike Rowbottom. "Kiplagat and Amos are surprise packages in Monaco Diamond League meeting". – Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games News. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  7. ^ "David Rudisha is beaten by Nijel Amos in 800m final at Commonwealth Games as Hampden Park witnesses shock". 31 July 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  10. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-08-25.

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Preceded by
Abubaker Kaki Khamis
Men's World Junior Record Holder, 800 metres
9 August 2012 – present
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Amantle Montsho
Flagbearer for  Botswana
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by