In the run­ning for Rio

WORLD UNI GAMES BE­FORE OLYMPICS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

21-YEAR-OLD Nag­meldin Peter Bol has set his sights on rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. af­ter he was cho­sen to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the 2015 World Univer­sity Games.

CURTIN Univer­sity stu­dent and 800 me­tre run­ner Nag­meldin Peter Bol has set his sights on rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

The 21-year-old has cho­sen to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the 2015 World Univer­sity Games in Gwangju in South Korea start­ing on July 3.

In or­der to qual­ify for the Univer­sity Games, com­peti­tors must run a 1 minute 47.3 sec­ond time, while the Olympic time is 1.45.8.

Bol has al­ready achieved that time by run­ning a 1.46.5 and said Rio 2016 was his aim.

“I think that 1.45.8 Olympic games qual­i­fi­ca­tion time is an achiev­able goal,” he said.

The 21-year-old started run- ning 800m when he was in high school.

He was play­ing bas­ket­ball at the time and a teacher asked him to have a go at ath­let­ics and he com­peted in his first race in De- cem­ber 2010, run­ning a 2.05.

Bol’s coach Bernie Cat­ley has been coach­ing him for five years and said he was a great chance at mak­ing the Olympics.

“He is only 0.70 off qual­i­fy­ing.” He said.

“We’ve been work­ing to­wards Rio 2016 since he started with me in De­cem­ber 2009.

“He's a ded­i­cated, mo­ti­vated and in­spir­ing ath­lete to his younger train­ing part­ner in the group who all look up to him and want to fol­low in his foot­steps.”

“I be­lieve Peter has what it takes to make the 2016 Olympics Team.

He said next sea­son would be tough as ev­ery­one was aim­ing to­wards Rio 2016.

Cat­ley also said it was pos­si­ble for Bol to break the cur­rent Aus­tralian 800m record, which is cur­rently jointly held by Ralph Doubell and Alexan­der Rowe with a time of 1.44.4.

Bol has been train­ing four to five days per week to im­prove his speed and en­durance worked in with re­cov­ery ses­sions over the past few years.

“It’s (the Univer­sity Games) some­thing that was my ini­tial goal for this year and run that time and get se­lected,” he said.

Bol, who is cur­rently study­ing Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics at Curtin Univer­sity, is not afraid to make sac­ri­fices, and has al­ready changed some of his univer­sity units to go online to make sure it fits in with his train­ing.

“I think run­ning and study goes to­gether be­cause I train two hours a day and I’ve got time to study and still have my so­cial life and I could also work ca­sual,” he said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Nag­meldin Peter Bol in ac­tion.

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