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Amos strikes Korir again, Botlogetswe finishes third

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Nijel Amos continued with his great performance at the Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco on June 16, as he clocked 1:45.57 to win the race, relegating his Kenyan track nemesis, Emmanuel Korir to second position.

Korir, who attacked first in the race, clocked 1:45.60 making it his second Diamond League defeat against Amos.

On position three was USA’s Clayton Murphy with 1:45.99.

During the race all eyes were on Amos and Korir to see as to who would launch attack first, and it was the Kenyan who took the war to Amos.

However, Amos relaxed giving his opponent more time to drain his last energy, until the last 50 metres that saw Botswana’s finest taking control of the race and dipped in the finish line to claim the second Diamond League meeting against Korir.

Analysing the race, Lentswe Charles, said the first lap was slow and it just descended into a sit and wait type of a race and ‘keep yourself’ in a right position to react at 600m.

He said only experienced half milers could manage to distribute their energies in an efficient manner with good understanding of 800 metres usual pace and pace gears necessary for the race in all its factors.

According to Charles, with 150 metres to go, Korir surged past Jonathan Tilikit and was nearly tripped again with Amos closer in very hot pursuit, calculating and laying a vigil on Korir’s every stride.

“Though Amos has won two races over Korir this season, his time has slightly dropped from his season best 1:43 high.

With some races coming, he will have much time to try drop sub 1:43 seconds improving his seasonal progression.” he said.

Meanwhile, in the 400 metres, Christine Botlogetswe finished on position three with a Personal Best time of 50.48, while position one went to Bahraini sprinter Salwa Eid Naser with 50.13 while  Niger’s Aminatou Seyni finished third with 50.24.

On the race, Charles said Botlogetswe’s performance was turning perilously real as the season grows.

He said she was aggressive and impetus and displayed a good energy distribution throughout the total racing distance.

He said the athlete started with good rhythm and into the back straight flowing smoothlessly relaxed, striding very well in a good pace, judgment and maintaining momentum.

“Botlogetswe’s Personal Best is 00.41 milliseconds from her previous season’s best mark of 50.89 seconds,” he said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Diamond League meet

Date : Jun 17 Mon,2019


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