Botswana: Amos Defends Africa Championship Title

| June 26, 2016

Nijel Amos successfully defended his African championship at the 20th CAA African Senior Championship in South Africa on Friday.

In the final, Amos was running alongside his country man Boitumelo Masilo.

Although some spectators were of the view that Amos might not be in a good position to do well given that he had just recovered from fever, he proved to be Africa's finest when he separated himself from the rest in the remaining 150 metres.

He finished with 1:45:11, followed by South Africans, Jacob Rozani1c and Rynhardt Van Rensburg.

Masilo finished on position four with 1:46:16.

Amos said in an interview that he was happy that he managed to defend his African title.

He said he was motivated by his win and the time he clocked in the final, adding that it was difficult for any athlete to clock an impressive time.

"From here my destination is Monaco and London diamond leagues race before heading to the Olympics. Yes after today's race I am feeling much better, my body was responding well, "he said.

He noted that he was happy that before his final race, Botswana managed to win gold and silver in 400 metres, adding that athletes had been working hard towards achieving their goals.

"Our association, all relevant stakeholders have been good to us, and the fans, just look at the stand and see for yourself the number of Batswana wearing blue, black and white just to support us," he said.

He said the fact that Botswana would be celebrating 50 years of independence, athletes came together and their intention was to make the country proud.

Masilo said although he finished on position four, he enjoyed the race, adding that his aim was to qualify for the Olympics during the African Senior Championship.

"I just missed by an inch, and I'm confident that with more races I can hit the qualifying standards, but generally I am very much with my performance, "he said.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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