12 April 2018

Botswana: Amos Fails to Defend Commonwealth Title

Gaborone — Nijel Amos yesterday failed to defend his 800metres Commonwealth Games title he won in 2014 in Glasgow.

He finished last at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

The nation had pinned its hope on Amos given that in 2014 he won a gold medal despite the fact that Kenyan's blocked him during the final, and he was helped by his then training partner, South Africa's Andre Olivier, who pulled out of the way to help Amos take Rudisha head on with his final sprint, and he reached the finish line first with a time of 1:45.18 while Rudisha settled for silver.

Amos clocked 1:48.45 and he started the race well as he dictated the pace, crossing the 400 metre mark in 52.01.

However, Amos started to show signs that he could not handle the pressure in the last 70 metres as Kenya's Wycliffe Kinyamal, English Kyle Langford and Australian Luke Mathews passed him, and he did not try to retaliate.

Athletics analyst Billy Tambula said he was of the view that Amos started well making sure that he was in the lead to avoid the pushing which normally happens when one wants an inner lane.

He said the pace for the first lap was reasonable and allowed him to control the race, but said with 300 metres when the Kenyans attacked and passed him he thought he would be able to respond.

"He made attempts twice to accelerate but you could see that the body was not responding.

It's not easy to tell in this case why he failed to finish the race challenging for a medal because the pace of the race was a comfortable one.

I think there are factors that we could not notice with our eyes which affected his race," he said

Meanwhile Botswana's triple jumper, Goabaone Mosheleketi failed to proceed to the next level after finishing seventh with a jump of 15.74 metres.

Today, Botswana's 4x400 metres men's relay team will compete in round at 4:05 pm.

The country is pitted against Nigeria, England, Mozambique, Kenya, and Fiji.

Should they past the stage the team will go straight to the finals on Saturday at 9:07 am to represent the country together with the 4x400 metres women's relay team who will compete straight in the final at 8:38 am.

Source : BOPA

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