Gaborone — Four years ago at Hampden Park, Botswana flag was raised high, after 800-metre ace runner Nijel Amos outclassed the then feared Kenyan David Rudisha to claim the Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Amos's victory was so sweet given that it was the same Rudisha who denied Batswana a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the 800 metres event during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games which attracted a lot of speculations as to wether Amos will finally manage to dethrone King Rudisha.
During the finals on a rainy Thursday night, the Kenyans like hungry lions came with a good plan to box Amos and deny him chance to embarrass their celebrated athlete, but thanks to South Africa's Andre Olivier who was Amos' training partner who paved the way for him and did not disappoint as he sprinted past Rudisha and hit the finish line first clocking 1:45.18, with Rudisha finishing on second position with 1:45:48.
And now that the Commonwealth Games are back in April, the big question is; will Amos defend his title in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Amos who left on Saturday for Potchefstroom for an intensive training said in an interview that his United States of America club had arranged the training camp for all Oregon Track Club middle distance runners.
He said in February, he would be training in Kenya for much higher altitude, then back to USA to now work on speed work and in April, he would be competing at the Commonwealth Games.
He said as part of their Commonwealth Games preparations, they started their training early October, adding that they had covered all the important area that would enable him to fully defend his 800 metres gold medal.
Furthermore, he said at the Commonwealth Games, he was going to enjoy the race without any pressure, given that 2018 was a busy year for athletics, as he would be competing in competitions such as Diamond League, CAA Africa Senior Championships and IAAF Continental Cup.
He however said he would go to Gold Coast and do his best and taking into consideration that they were still more competition lined up for him.
"I had a break down in my career in 2013. I had injuries and I struggled to be out of injury zone.
However after that, I implored a strategy that would give the kiss of life to my career as an athlete, taking into consideration my country's expectation," he said.
Amos said after joining the Oregon Track Club under the tutelage of Mark Rowland, they both came up with strategies and worked on his running style; changed his diet so that he could easily fit in their style.
"I think it will be a great thing for me to be a World Champion in 2019 and win the Olympic Games gold medal in 2020," he said.
Source : BOPA