Nigel Amos’ outstanding 2014 performance paid off when he clinched the IAAF Diamond League challenge. Having gone to the last race of the league in Zurich trailing the 800m world record holder David Rudisha by two points, Amos on Thursday Amos fought to collect the four points he needed to win the league. After a disappointing performance at Stockholm where he finished 5th, all he needed was a win in Zurich to win the diamond league.
The Marobela-born athlete clocked 1 minute 43.77 seconds to finish 1st ahead of Rudisha who crossed the line on the 3rd spot. Amos’ performance has been on the rise this year as the youngster continues to fly the flag of Botswana high in the international arena. Since recovering from injury in 2013, Amos has shown that he is destined for big things. The 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist was at some point named by IAAF as the world’s Number 1 in the 800m race.
Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has congratulated Amos for winning the diamond league. BAA spokesperson Ipolokeng Ramatshaba is confident that if he continues with the form he currently shows Amos will soon break the 800m world record. “At his age, he still has a lot of time before him to break the current record. He has shown that he is capable of doing this and no doubt he will do it in the near future,” said Ramatshaba.
The BAA spokesperson then took a swipe at those who he said made unnecessary noise about Amos in the past. He urged Batswana to be positive and be supportive to local athletes for them to do well. According to Ramatshaba, Amos has always proved to be a capable athlete.
Amos has confirmed targeting to break the current 800m world record. The 20-year-old believes that within five years he would have broken the record. His win ahead of Rudisha at Zurich, which handed him the prized Diamond league challenge, is proof that indeed Amos is on a mission to oust Rudisha. It was not the first time he bolted ahead of the Kenyan as he also beat him at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow a few weeks ago.