… Also gunning for World Championship medal
Botswana’s 800m star Nijel Amos is excited to compete in the Diamond League where he is hoping to set the pace for the rest of the year. The season kicks-off in Doha, Qatar on May 3 and Amos has promised to put up his very best.
Amos had a rocky Diamond League season last year due to a series of injuries which made it difficult for him to mount a serious challenge for the title he has won three times – the most by anyone in 800m event.
Amos failed to qualify for the finals after failing to make it to the top eight of the race standings. Currently based in the US where he is involved in rigorous training the runner is looking forward to make a return to the heights he reached throughout is successful career.
“It’s going to be a long season this year since we have the World Championships coming in October so I have been mostly doing a lot of aerobic work since the start of the year. I’m running my first races with only endurance workout, no speed. I will get back to speed in June so that I peak at the right time for the world championships. For now my aim is to get as much points as possible and secure a spot in the final,” said Amos in an interview from USA where he is based.
Amos ran a time of 1:42.14 seconds last year at the Monaco Diamond League meet, taking first place. That was his best race in the 800m since winning a silver medal effort at the 2012 Olympics. Amos has set his sights on the World Championship where victories have eluded him in the past years.
“I had a fantastic season last year running my second fastest time ever since 2012 and even finished the season at world number two. My goal is to stay healthy and bring the best game for the world championship. That’s the only medal I don’t have and I will really love to add it to the cabinet,” he said.