Nijel in diamond league finals
In line for a USD$40,000 bonus
Botswana’s Olympic Silver medalist Nijel Amos is on the brink of making history this Thursday.
Amos needs a victory and good fortune to be crowned the IAAF Diamond League winner.
Should Amos win his Samsung IAAF Diamond League final this Thursday, he will beat 800m World Record holder David Rudisha who is currently leading the log with 8 points; two ahead of the local boy.
For Amos to achieve this feat, he needs to win the race or finish second and hope Rudisha does not finish in the top three.
For Rudisha to win the title, he must win the race or finish second and beat Amos.
In their last competition Amos defeated Rudisha in the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Victory in Zurich will secure Amos the trophy and USD$40,000 bonus.
And if Rudisha finishes third or lower, it potentially opens up the race to several other contenders.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week Amos said so far he has achieved his 2014 season target and winning the Diamond League will be a bonus.
“My aim was to clock 1:42 time in one of the competitions and win a medal in Commonwealth and African Championships and I have achieved that.What I’m doing now is to focus on my preparations and training. I’m not bothered by what Rudisha is doing. We will talk more after the race. I know Batswana are expecting an exceptionally good performance from me, but that will not put me under any pressure.” said Amos.
Botswana 800m Olympic Silver medalist said there is a qualifying race he missed due to an injury, which cost him some points in the league.
He said he communicates with his coach Jean Vester through Facebook, twitter and WhatsApp everyday.
The Marobela born athlete said although his coach could not travel with him he has given him a detailed training programme which he has been following to the letter.
“It is important to update him after training so that he can also know how I respond to his instructions. After all athletics is my profession and I should take it seriously,” he added.
The high flying Amos said although he feels tired he intends to give some of the best world athletes tough competition.
“I started competing in the league in June 5th and my body is weary. I’m just hanging on to complete this league and hopefully I will have something to celebrate at the end,” he said.
AMOS PERFORMANCE IN QUALIFYING RACES
Doha Qatar 9th May 2014
Position two 1:44:54
Eugene USA 31 May 2014
Position one 1:43:63 (world leading)
Paris France 05 July 2014
Position two 1:43:70 (leading the log with 6 points)
Monaco 18 July 2014
Position one 1:42:45