September 28, 2019 / 3:35 PM / 20 days ago

Botswana's Amos withdraws with Achilles problem

FILE PHOTO - Athletics - Diamond League - Monaco - Stade Louis II, Monaco - July 12, 2019 Botswana's Nijel Amos celebrates after winning the Men's 800m REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

DOHA (Reuters) - Botswana’s Nijel Amos, one of the favourites to win the 800 metres at the world championships, withdrew before his opening heat on Saturday with an Achilles problem.

The 25-year-old, silver medallist at the 2012 Olympics, was due to run in the second heat, in front of a sparse crowd at the Khalifa stadium, but did not start.

“Have dealt with my share of injuries in the past there was nothing to suggest anything wrong prior to departure,” he said on Instagram.

“Inexplicably, upon arriving the Achilles on my left side was tight (nothing I have experienced previously) — had plenty of time to rest and treat knowing I have trained well.

“It has not responded to anything so regrettably, I have to scratch out World Championship and get head onto (Tokyo),” he added referring to next year’s Olympics

Amos won the Diamond League race in Monaco in 1:41.89, the fastest time since the London Olympics.

He pulled up during his next race in London and limped off the track but, two weeks later, was second at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich suggesting the problem was not serious.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris

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