Amos wins second gold for Botswana

| September 17, 2015

A few days after defending his Diamond League title, Botswana’s 800 metre star Nijel Amos clinched a gold medal at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, on Wednesday September 16.

Amos timed 1:50.45 minutes to wrap victory ahead of defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi from Algeria, who clocked 1:50.72 minutes to settle for silver medal.

Kenyan Job Kinyor won a bronze having timed 1:50.79 minutes. Another Botswana athlete, Boitumelo ‘Summer’ Masilo finished in position eight with a time of 1:52.35 minutes.

The youngster showed a lot of character and fighting spirit though it was his first time sharing the track with Africa’s finest athletes. With more exposure to more international meetings, surely Botswana would have something to be pride of in Masilo.

Amos’ win increased Botswana’s medal haul in athletics to three, Isaac Makwala and Onkabetse Nkobolo having respectively delivered gold and bronze medals . Amos told BOPA that he was aware that the country would not settle for anything less than a gold medal from him.

After having a hectic schedule recently, competing in different races like the World Championships, World Challenge and Diamond League, Amos said he approached the final knowing that he was tired so he planned very well for the race.

“I knew I was tired so was running smart as much as I can, trying to make races slow for me to use less energy and I managed. As much as my country wanted the gold medal, I wanted it so much too. I want to have every championship medal on my cabinet and I am happy I won,” he said.

Talking about his compatriot, he said Masilo is a talented and hardworking young man who should not be underrated just because he finished on position eight.

He said they planned together for the race, but unfortunately it did not work out in the finals.

Meanwhile, in the 200 metres heats Yatea Kambepera finished on position five in the first heat recording 21.74 seconds, Tsaone Sebele ran 23.79 seconds in her 200m semifinal and could not make it to the finals, while Pako Seribe was disqualified for false start in the men’s 200m semifinal. In Taekwondo, Belinda Mokgosi lost to a Congolese in the under-57kg fight.

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