Nijel poised to win Diamond League

| September 10, 2015

After missing the podium at the IAAF World Championships, Nijel Amos is expected to redeem his pride by clinching the men’s 800m Diamond League trophy today. Amos is currently leading the pack with 12 points, followed by David Rudisha with six points.

Bosnia and Herzegovinian Amel Tuka and Ethiopian Mahommed Aman both have four points. Amos stands a good chance of bringing the trophy and US$40 000 home.

Nijel has a chance to win the trophy even if he finishes on position three, and if Aman and Tuka do not win the race. Tuka or Aman could also win the trophy if Amos does not finish in the top three. The 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist knows a lot is at stake, and he has been preparing for the race.

On Sunday at Berlin’s ISTAF World Challenge meeting he finished on position one with 1:43.28.

The 800 metres start list is made up of Nader Belhanbel, Robert Biwott, Alfred Kipketer, Asbel Kiprop and Elijah Motonei Manangoi. Others are Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, Antoine Gakeme, Adam Kszczot, Thijmen Kupers, Tuka and Aman. Nijel’s coach, Jean Verster said that for the Diamond League final, it was important to win the race and accomulate points to win the league overall.

“I think a fast time is always nice, but the final is like a championship final, so times are secondary,” he said

Verster said they have prepared well for the final, just like they did before the World Championships, adding that it was just unfortunate that he was eliminated in the semi-finals because of technical reasons.

He was confident that Nijel was ready to run fast, and that he did that in cold, wet weather in Berlin on Sunday. Nijel also employed a new strategy of leading the race from start to finish.

“I think it’s important to be able to run races in different ways and with different strategies. Nijel obviously must still get confidence in trying different tactics and become more complete, and if he can stay healthy and injury free, he can break the World Record anytime,” he said.

From Brussels Nijel will compete in Newcastle before joining Team Botswana in Congo Brazzaville? Still in Brussels, Botswana’s 400 metre runner, Isaac Makwala is also expected to compete in the 200 metres.

Makwala will be pitted against the likes of Justin Gatlin, Isiah Young, Nickel Ashmeade, Femi Ogunode and Wayde Van Niekerk

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