… Now aims for the World record
Since Nijel Amos met the exceptional Kenyan sprinter David Rudisha at the 2012 Olympics, a battle was conceived which Botswana’s gem doesn’t want to lose. In 2012 Amos met Rudisha at the London Olympics in the race dubbed The Greatest 800m Race Ever. Rudisha set a new world record. Since then Amos and Rudisha have met five times and Amos has won all those races. Even though the world champion was recovering from injury, Amos shocked him and the world at the Commonwealth games last year when he beat him placing him second at the race. It was his first slump in a major race because since 2006 Rudisha has been winning the major races, and last year Amos gave him good rivalry. As he always does at the start of each race that he takes part in, Rudisha went ahead and left the pack behind, and with all the cheering for him and the commentators thinking that he would win the race, Amos kicked in in the last 100 metres, accelerating past to claim the title.
Amos’s winning time was his season’s best at 1:43:27 with Rudisha clocking 1:43:76. The third place went to fellow Kenyan Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot at 1:44:44. The only thing that remains is Rudisha’s world record of 1:40:91 that Amos has to work hard to break to take down the glory from the Kenyan national. Amos said that it was discipline, dedication and determination that paid off in order for him to win the race. “This all resulted in a win and a season’s best against a world class field of athletes,” he said. He appreciated the support that he has been getting from people as he referred to the moment as a great moment he had in Switzerland. He also thanked his sponsor Nike. Amos said winning over Rudisha is something that always inspires him and that the world record holder will always be his role model. He said he knows that it is for him to work hard as he believes he can break the world record because with every race he gets better.