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Pierre-Ambroise Bosse

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Pierre-Ambroise Bosse
Bosse in 2018
Personal information
Born (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 32)[1]
Nantes, France[1]
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)[1]
Country France
Event800 meters
RetiredDecember 2023
Achievements and titles
Personal bests
Medal record
Men's athletics
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 London 800 m
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Helsinki 800 m
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Berlin 800 m

Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (born 11 May 1992) is a retired French middle-distance runner. He won a gold medal in the 800 metres at the 2017 World Athletics Championship. Bosse set the French national record for the 800 m in 2014, with his time of 1.42.53.



Bosse won the bronze medal in the 800 metres at the 2012 European Championships held in Helsinki.

On 18 July 2014, Bosse ran his personal best time (1:42.53) at the 800 metres race at the Herculis meet, a Diamond League meeting held in Monaco; he finished the race in second place behind Nijel Amos of Botswana.[2] Both Amos's and Bosse's times at this meeting were the first and second fastest 800 metre times in the world for 2014; with Bosse running fast enough to be the new French national record holder for the 800 metres outdoors.[3]

On 8 August 2017, he won the men's 800 m at the IAAF World Championships in London in a time of 1:44.67. With the absence of David Rudisha due to injury the 800 m final was relatively wide open.[4] However, with Bosse not having run close to the world lead, and having to start his season late due to injury he was not considered a favorite.[5] The final went out at a moderate pace with the leader Brandon McBride passing through 400 m in 50.76. While Kipyegon Bett and Nijel Amos battled each other as they took the lead, Bosse ran a clear path around the outside to take the lead going into the final turn. He emerged from the turn with a three-metre lead on the battle and neither could muster a challenge. His final challengers were Adam Kszczot and Kyle Langford, making a late run from the back of the pack, but Bosse was too far ahead to see the challengers. He looked at the scoreboard, pointing at himself in disbelief.[6]

Bosse announced his retirement from the sport in December 2023, following a string of injuries.[7]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  France
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 8th 800 m 1:53.52
2011 European Junior Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st 800 m 1:47.14
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 800 m 1:48.83
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 11th (sf) 800 m 1:45.10
2013 European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 800 m 1:45.79
World Championships Moscow, Russia 7th 800 m 1:44.79
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 8th 800 m 1:46.55
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 5th 800 m 1:46.63
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 5th 800 m 1:45.79
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 800 m 1:43.41
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st 800 m 1:44.67
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 800 m 1:45.30
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 22nd (sf) 800 m 1:47.60
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń, Poland 6th 800 m 1:50.13
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 22nd (sf) 800 m 1:48.62


  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Pierre-Ambroise Bosse". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "800 Metres - men - senior - outdoor - 2014".
  3. ^ http://www.letsrun.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Screenshot-209-e1405717043474-300x209.png?d4ad87 [bare URL image file]
  4. ^ "David Rudisha 'saddened' after pulling out of worlds with muscle strain". TheGuardian.com. 31 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Report: Men's 800m final – IAAF World Championships London 2017 | REPORT | World Athletics".
  6. ^ https://media.aws.iaaf.org/competitiondocuments/pdf/5151/AT-800-M-f----.RS6.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ "France's ex-world champion Bosse calls time on athletics career". France 24. 2023-12-26. Retrieved 2023-12-27.