Glasgow: Botswana’s Nijel Amos produced a stunning late run to land the 800 metres gold medal and shock Olympic champion David Rudisha, at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
Amos, who took silver behind Rudisha at London 2012, looked to be boxed in as the Kenyan led on the final straight but found a burst of pace in the last 50 metres to win in one minute 45.18 seconds.
Rudisha, who broke the world record on his way to Olympic gold, took silver with South African Andre Olivier snatching bronze on a wet night in Glasgow.
“It is a really great moment for me,” the 20-year-old Amos told reporters after capturing Botswana’s second gold in the history of the Games.
“Trailing in the last 100, I panicked a little bit because I looked up at the screen and thought ‘Oh, I’m in a box’. When you’re in that position it’s not easy to get out but my training partner (Olivier) was behind me.
“He let me through and then followed me. I’m lucky I was there with someone who really cares about me.”
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare won a remarkable sprint double, after racing to victory in the women’s 200 metres.
The 25-year-old was in complete control of the final as her blistering speed took her away from the rest of the field and ensured she finished in a time of 22.25 seconds to win her second gold medal in Glasgow.
“It’s amazing,” Okagbare, who set a Commonwealth record of 10.85 to win the 100 metres gold on Monday, told reporters.
“I feel extremely blessed, it’s not easy to get a medal so it is something to celebrate.”
Despite being full of smiles after romping to victory on a damp Hampden Park track, the blonde Nigerian was frustrated that she did not run quicker to join the likes of American Olympic champion Allyson Felix in the sub-22 second club.
“I wanted to run faster, honestly,” she said. “I went out in the final and I did not celebrate like I did in the 100 because I saw the time and was a little disappointed,” she opined.
England added to their gold-medal lead, when divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won the synchronized 3-meter springboard.
At the Royal Commonwealth Pool at Edinburgh, about an hour’s drive east of Glasgow, Laugher and Mears won England’s 45th gold with nearly three days of competition remaining.
It was Laugher’s second gold of the games — he won the individual 1-meter springboard on Wednesday.