Gaborone — Botswana's 800m runner, Nijel Amos will compete at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on May 25.
Amos has been laid off by a calf injury he sustained at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Amos, who has missed Doha and Shanghai Diamond League meetings, will only compete in the Rome Diamond League meet on May 31.He hopes to use the Prefontaine Classic, which is a non-Diamond event, to gauge his body and strength ahead of Rome.
During his absence on track, he said he did a lot of work during the winter programme.
"It will be good for me to run for the first time. The main thing will be to get through the race healthy. But I would love to win," he said.
Amos, who is based in Eugene, pointed out that he would not want to push himself too hard.
"But I want to say I will do it in front of this community that gave me comfort; that gave me confidence to do well and become myself again," he said. Amos will be up against United States duo of Harun Abda,
Erik Sowinski, Kenyan's Kipyegon Bett, Wyclife Kinyamal, Emmanuel Korir, Polish Adam Kszczot, and Kyle Langford of Great Britain.
Meanwhile, a mother of all battles is expected at the IAAF Eugene Diamond League on May 26 when the 200m crème de la crème meet at Hayward Field track. Botswana will be represented by Isaac Makwala, who recently sharpened his claws at the Osaka World Challenge, winning the race with a time 19.96.
Makwala has proved overtime that he performs well under pressure, and the line up on its own is enough to motivate 'Badman' to do well. He said in an interview that he was looking forward to another Sub 20, after running 19.96 in Osaka.
"It's a very strong line-up with all the 200m specialists but I am going to do my best and give it my all," he said. The line-up is made up of Canadian Aaron Brown, Christian Coleman, Ameer Webb, and Noah Lyles both from USA, Turkish Ramil Guliyev, South African Anaso Jobodwana, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Great Britain and Trinidadian Jereem Richards.
Source : BOPA