• Nijel Amos Defeats Rudisha to Win Gold

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A surprise caused Botswana's 20-year-old Nijel Amos, who defeated world record holder David Rudisha in the 800m final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Nijel Amos, who finished second behind Rudisha in London Olympics, past fading Rudisha in the homestretch to win Commonwealth gold medal with a time of 1:45.18. Rudisha taking silver finished 0.30 seconds behind Amos. Bronze medal won South Africa's latest 800m talent Ande Oliver who clocked 1:46.03.

Rudisha like most of the time was leading and controlling the race, and at the bell lap he clocked rellatilvley slow 52.5 seconds and from there the pace picked up. Coming in the in the final straight Rudisha was still upfront, but started to fade while Amos kicked very hard and passed the 25 year old Kenyan to win the gold.

"I am so happy, but David Rudisha will always be the hero of 800m."  Amos told BBC Sports: 

"The race was good, but in the last 100m I found it a little bit difficult,"  said Rudisha after the race.

"He is a tough competitor. We ran a tactical race, but he was good tonight." Rudisha concluded.

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