Injured Nijel joins the long list of Moscow absentees

By evelyn watta
Jul 30, 2013
  • Nijel Amos during the London Olympics race where he won silver.

Botswana’s Olympic 800m silver medalist Nijel Amos becomes the latest athlete to withdraw from next month’s world championships already missing the defending champion David Rudisha, who also pulled out of the event through injury.

"To my family,friends and fans. I know you guys were looking forward to see me shining at the world championships,sadly I have pulled out of world champs team due to an injury,"Amos posted on his facebook page on Monday.

"Everthing happens for a reason. I put all upon the mighty lord for me to heal and bounce back strong." 

Amos fresh from his gold medal win in Kazan at the World Universiade Games reportedly aggravated his quadriceps injury during the event hosted in the Russian capital where he timed 1:46.53 that has locked him out of Bostwana’s Moscow list headed by the 400m defending champion Amantle Montshe.

The 19-year old picked the injury early in the season and missed most of the diamond league races this season, and only resumed light training around March.

Amos, the world junior champion also set a new junior record of 1:41.73 in the London race.

Rudisha who broke his own world record in London (1:40.91)also withdrew due to injury while Jamaican sprint master Yohan Blake also locked out due to a nagging hamstring injury.

The 800m Olympic bronze medallist Timothy Kitum did not make the Kenyan team.

The withdrawal leaves the Kenyan trio of Anthony Chemut, the Olympic semifinalist, Fergusson Rotich and Jeremiah Mutai to chase qualification in the qualifying rounds on August 10 alongside American duo of Nick Symmonds and the world leader Duane Solomon (1:43.27) Mohamed Aman of Ethiopia. 

Already the Moscow lineup has been hard hit by the withdrawal of Americann sprinter Tyson Gay, Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell who returned positive doping test.