The stumble that stunned a nation

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Stunned silence swept through Gaborone on a typical spring Sunday afternoon. Athletics’ pin-up boy, Nijel Amos stuttered, stumbled before crashing out of the 800m semi-finals of the World Championship in China. The nation expected gold, but was instead served a cold Beijing dish of disappointment, Staff Writer, MQONDISI DUBE

When Botswana’s World Championships team left the hopes of an expectant nation hung on the country’s most trumpeted athlete, Nijel Amos. He was seen as Botswana’s brightest hope for a medal after a stellar year and some dominant displays since his London 2012 silver medal.

Amos had brutally dominated his six of the seven meetings against world record holder, David Rudisha since 2012.

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