Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir will be the star to watch at the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League that will be held on from Thursday through Friday in Brussels, Belgium.
Korir proved himself when he cemented his name in the history books of the Diamond league last year when he lifted his second trophy in style beating the best of the best over the distance, will be looking to ink his name as the fourth athlete to lift the Diamond Trophy three times over the distance after Nijel Amos, David Rudisha and Mohammed Aman.
Korir who last season had been beaten twice by Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop at the Prefontaine Classic and Lausanne Diamond League but he turned the tables in Zurich.
Korir will face the World bronze medallist together with the World silver medallist, Djamel Sedjati, from Algeria as they square it out for the final point-scoring opportunity ahead of the series finale that will held in September in Zurich.
The three will also face the wrath of the two times Commonwealth Games 800m champion, Wycliffe Kinyamal and the world 1500m champion, Jack Wightman from the Great Britain.
The organisers have assembled this deep field to try and chase the world-leading mark of 1:43.52 which has stood since mid-June.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Nijel Amos of Botswana with immediate effect after a sample collected from the 800m runner tested positive for Metabolites of GW1516, a substance that is prohibited under the 2022 WADA Prohibited List as a metabolic modulator.
Substances in this category modify how the body metabolizes fat and GW1516 was originally synthesized and evaluated for the treatment of obesity, diabetes and other disorders caused by metabolic problems.
GW1516 is not an approved substance for human use and WADA has advised of its health risks for athletes. GW1516 is a non-Specified Substance on the 2022 WADA Prohibited list and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
The AIU has provisionally suspended Nijel Amos of Botswana with immediate effect after an out-of-competition sample collected from the athlete tested positive for Metabolites of GW1516, a prohibited substance under 2022 WADA Prohibited List.
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The AIU collected the sample from Mr Amos during an out-of-competition test on the 4 June 2022. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding today, 12 July 2022. T
The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and his mandatory provisional suspension this afternoon in Eugene. He was scheduled to participate in the 800m heats on 20 July. The AIU will make no further comment on the matter at this time.
Reigning world U20m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi continued with his great form as he beat a stellar deep field ever assembled this year at the Rabat Diamond League held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.
The 17 year-old beat the three top high profiled 800m athletes that included the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos and the reigning Olympics champion and silver medallists Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich.
Wanyonyi has continued with his superb performance after beating Rotich in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic and Amos in Vitovice Stadium, made a second confirmation to them as he them when he crossed the finish line in a time of 1:45.47 with the latter coming home in second place in 1:45.66.
The 2020 Summer Olympics 800m finalist, Gabriel Tual closed the podium three finishes in 1:45.71.
Korir came home in a disappointing eighth place in 1:46.93 with Michael Saruni and Rotich finishing ninth and tenth place in 1:47.60 and 1:47.72 respectively.
Tokyo Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir will lead a stellar deep field ever assembled this year at the Rabat Diamond League that will be held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.
The 26 year-old who is ranked the sixth fastest athlete over 800m of all time, with a personal best of 1:42.05 that he got at the 2018 Muller Anniversary Games where he took the honors will battle his compatriot the Olympic silver medallist, Ferguson Rotich who has not been in great shape in recent times as he has been beaten in the last four meetings he has taken part in.
Korir will have a test of his time as he will also face the World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi who has been in great shape in recent times and he is also the world’s second-fastest man this year.
The 17 year-old last night beat the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting with a time of 1:44.15. Amos, who finished a disappointing fifth place in 1:44.92, will also be on start line to battle for honors after his dismal performance in Ostrava.
Wanyonyi has continued with his superb performance after beating Rotich in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic and Amos in Vitovice Stadium.
The AIC Kosirai high school student who is coached by former World 800m Champion Janeth Jepkosgei, will be the star to watch as he will battle three high profiled and experienced athletes.
World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, continued with his superb performance when he beat the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level –series held on Tuesday (31) at Vitovice Stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The 17 year-old who is the fourth fastest runner this year beat a strong field that included Olympic bronze medallist Patryk Dobek from Poland and the Amos from Botswana who came to this race with the sixth fastest time in the world.
Wanyonyi gave a brilliant fight to cross the finish line with his second fastest of 1:44.15.
The reigning Kipkeino classic champion was followed by Algeria’s Slimane Moula who crossed the line with a personal best of 1:44.19 with the defending champion Max Burguin from Great Britain coming home in third in a time 1:44.54.
World U20 silver medallist Noah Kibet and the 2014 commonwealth Games champion Amos both finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:44.89 and 1:44.92 respectively.
World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, who is the fourth fastest athlete this year will be the star to watch at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level –series that will be held on Tuesday (31) at Vitovice Stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Wanyonyi, a form four student at the AIC Kosirai High School in Nandi County, will be making his debut internationally after beating the Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich early this month at the Kip Keino Classic that was held at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi.
The 17 year-old who holds a championship record of 1:43.76 that he set last year will battle for honors with Olympic bronze medallist Patryk Dobek from Poland who comes to this race with a life time best of 1:43.73, that he got last year at the ORLEN Janusz Kusocinski Memorial,where he took the honors.
Wanyonyi will also face the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos from Botswana who comes to this race with the sixth fastest time in the world of 1:43.73 that he got when he finished behind David Rudisha at the 2012 London Olympic Games where the latter set the world 800m record of 1:40.91. The two-time world medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina will also be fighting for the top honors.
European U20 record holder Max Burgin from Britain will be making his return to Ostrava Golden Spike after suffering an injury that has kept him away from active racing. The 20 year-old set his record of 1:44.14 at this meeting last year.
The 2012 Olympic 800m silver medallist Nijel Carlos Amilfitano Amos better known as Nijel Amos from Botswana has deserted his country and would not be representing it in any future games.
The 27 year-old made the announcement through DUMA FM which is among the most listened to radio station in Botswana.
In a statement through their social media handle, Facebook, the station posted.” He writes, “Please include me in your prayers for my next phase as a professional athlete. Sadly, I am pursuing going into the scene as an independent athlete – it’s what’s best for my family and I.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games 800m champion felt that his home country has not been supportive and being not appreciative on what he has done for the Nation of Botswana. This move will make him a free agent.
“When you don’t feel appreciated and undermined you got to stand for yourself. Botswana National Olympic Committee thank you so much for all the years you have been in my corner. Let fire performance begins World champion in the making. Can’t put greatness down” Amos is quoted saying.
This would be a huge blow to Botswana as the World U20 800m record holder is their most decorated athlete.
Amos won the 2012 Olympic silver medal which was Botswana’s first ever Olympic medal.
Amos is a four times African champion, African Junior Championships bronze medallist, Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medallist and the Continental Cup champion in 2014 and 2018 bronze medallist.
Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir gave Kenya its first gold medal when he won the men’s 800m final at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games.
The 26-year-old athlete, who is the sixth-fastest 800m runner of all time, stormed to the front to take an impressive gold when he crossed the line in 1:45.ahead of teammate Ferguson Rotich who pulled 1:45.23 to take the silver medal.
Poland’s Patryk Dobek closed the first three podium finishes when he crossed the line in 1:45.39.
There was a big disappointment for Botswana’s Nijel Amos – the fastest man in the world this year over 800m – who finished eighth in 1:46.41.
There was always going to be a new gold medallist in the 800m, after double Olympic champion (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and world record holder David Rudisha withdrew from contention due to injury in May.
If Africa doesn’t win the men’s 800m there will be some serious questions asked.
The continent is fielding Emmanuel Korir, the Kenyan who clocked the fastest time of the season so far, 1:42.05, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London and who last Friday secured the IAAF Diamond League title by winning in Brussels in 1:44.72.
His teammate Nijel Amos of Botswana, 2012 Olympic silver medallist and still only 24, has run the second fastest time of the season, having clocked 1:42.14 two days before Korir’s 2018 best in winning at the IAAF Monaco Diamond League meeting.
That said, the Americas have a big chance of victory given the presence of 23-year-old Clayton Murphy of the United States, who ran 1:43.12 behind Korir in London and who demonstrated his ability to rise to the big occasion two years ago at the Olympic Games when he picked up a surprise bronze medal.
For Europe, Sweden’s Andreas Kramer has run a best of 1:45.03 this season, while his teammate, Poland’s Michal Rozmys, clocked a PB of 1:45.32 in missing out on a European medal by one place in Berlin last month.
For Asia-Pacific, India’s Jinson Johnson has a best this season of 1:45.65.