In the running for Rio
WORLD UNI GAMES BEFORE OLYMPICS
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.
Nagmeldin Peter Bol in action.