Peter Bol wins silver in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games behind Kenyan Wyclife Kinyamal
Since finishing fourth in the men’s 800 meters final at the Tokyo Olympics last year, Peter Bol has become a national hero.
Everyone knows his name, his face, his story, and he felt it coming into the 800m final at the Commonwealth Games.
“I felt like the favourite. I knew there was a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations,” he said after clinching the silver medal behind Kenya’s Wyclife Kinyamal.
“But at the same time, in our sport, pressure is a privilege. We know it’s there. And I was relaxed, really confident. [I] felt really strong.
“I thought I could really win tonight. I just missed out and can’t say more than that.”
After Oliver Hoare’s heroism in the men’s 1,500 meters final a day earlier, it was hoped Bol could produce another classic on the track.
The 28-year-old was in the game for most of the race, but Kinyamal started to move with around 250 yards to go.
Bol tried his best to stay with him, but couldn’t bring him back.
He called the result “bittersweet”, in what he described as a slow run.
“You look at the starting list and there are no front runners. So I knew it was going to be tactical and I knew I was going to come in strong and I think we did it so I’m happy with that. .”
Bol was grateful to have finally won his first major international medal, after missing out on Tokyo, and his seventh-place finish at the recent world championships.
“I think the most powerful thing about this whole 800, this whole sporting journey, is the impact we’ve had off the track and the support and the love we’ve had.
“Even if I came [up] In short, I think the love is consistent and that’s what I’m grateful for.”
Caldwell takes bronze in 1500m, Buschkuehl silver in long jump
Abbey Caldwell found something more in the tank to go home and win a bronze medal in the women’s 1,500 meters final, behind Scotland’s Laura Muir and Northern Ireland’s Ciara Mageean.
“I don’t know where it came from, I just think I saw the girls out front and found this extra gear,” she said.
Caldwell was left out of Australia’s world championship squad, despite being the national champion and running a qualifying time.
But she showed no bitterness towards the breeders.
“Why look back and regret decisions and dwell on it? Just do what you can, what’s in your control, and that’s what we did,” she said.
“It just meant I was able to put all my eggs in that basket and I’ve had that in my mind for so long now and I’ve had time to practice and it’s really given me a bit more hungry and so that means a lot.”
Brooke Buschkuehl capped off the night for Australia with her second consecutive silver medal in the women’s long jump.