Nigel Amos searching for more consistency

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The coach of 800m runner Nigel Amos believes consistency is the most important aspect of the athletes development as he looks ahead after a memorable 2014 for the man from Botswana.

Jean Verster, who guided Amos to Commonwealth gold in Glasgow in July, has revealed he does think his athlete could break the world record one day, though.


"I think my job at the moment is to make sure he is consistent and slowly improves and I would rather see him run fast at almost every opportunity – at the moment – than to try for records," he told Athletics Weekly.

"Remember he is only 20. But I believe he can obviously break the record at some stage."


In fact, Amos was only 18 when he ran his personal best, a staggering 1:41.73 when he won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. 

He finished behind David Rudisha that day, the Kenyan surging clear to set the current world record of 1:40.91.


Amos got his revenge this year as the positions were reversed in Glasgow, while the 20-year-old also pipped Rudisha to the Diamond Race overall victory after winning the final race in Zurich.

The 2012 world junior champion has become known for his rather unique running style since winning Olympic silver, and that's something Verster will be looking at.

"Obviously we are working with our sport scientists at the NWU to improve on his biomechanics, especially since he got injured badly last year with his rectus femoris.

"We also have to get him generally stronger and more balanced. But on the other hand, I believe that runners are born running a certain way – and he has run fast as it is – and sometimes it is not necessary to fix what’s not broken."

Whatever happens, Amos is likely to challenge Rudisha again in 2015, and, at only 20, can be at the top of the event for many years to come.

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