Continental Cup champion Botswana’s Nijel Amos pipped Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir for his third consecutive Africa 800m title in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.
Amos, won in one minute, 45.20 seconds to make it three in a row in a race marred by controversy.
The race saw the starter blast off before the athletes were ready, prompting some of them to stand still only to take off after the rest of the field was away.
The United States of America (USA) based Korir coached by the 1988 two lap race Olympics gold medalist Paul Ereng timed at 1:45.65 for silver.
Korir’s compatriots the 2014 World relays team champion Ferguson Rotich (1:45.91) and Jonathan Kitilit (1:46.88) finished fifth and sixth respectively.