Botswana: Nijel Trains in Kenya

| July 4, 2016

With only a month before the Rio Olympics, Botswana 800m runner Nijel Amos, has left for Kenya where he will intensify his training.

Amos left on Sunday July 3 and he said he took advantage of the warm weather in Kenya during this time of the year and the good working relationship with the world's best Asbel Kiprop who was also three-time World Championships champion.

"I don't think I will change my coach's training programme, and I am happy Jean Verster will be visiting me just to check how it is working out," he adds.

Currently Amos training group is based in Potchefstroom but he explained that the cold weather was not favourable as it made it difficult for them to train at their level best.

During the London Olympics, Amos delivered the first ever Olympic medal for the country and he is aware of the importance of winning a gold medal more especially for the pride and euphoria that will come with it.

He said he was aware that Kenya had other strong 800metres competitors in the likes of David Rudisha and Timothy Kitum but his mission was to train with Kiprop and he was not bothered that his nemesis may spy on his strategies.

"I know there is likely to be certain programmes that we might end up doing together but remember I will be strictly following Jean's programme, and that's just it," said Amos.

He said he would be travelling with another Botswana's 800metre runner, Boitumelo Masilo, whom he observed had potential to qualify for the Rio Olympics before closing date.

Furthermore, he noted that should Masilo fail to qualify, at least Kenya will accord him exposure that would prepare him for future events.

After missing in action for some time, Amos managed to defend his African championship title at the 20th CAA African Senior Championship clocking 1:45:11, something which delighted his training partner, Caster Semenya.

Semenya said in an interview that Amos' performance at the championships was impressive.

"It is not every athletes who recovers from fever and kick like Nijel. I must say he is very ready to face the world and I am confident that he will be in his best element in Rio," Semenya said.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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