Bosse hopes for luck in love af­ter 800m gam­ble pays big

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Pierre-Am­broise Bosse loves gam­bling and on Tues­day he rolled the dice and won the big­gest prize of his life, the 800 me­tres world ti­tle, to give France their first ever gold in the event.

The 25-year-old, who had fin­ished a valiant if frus­trat­ing fourth in last year’s Olympic fi­nal, seized the ini­tia­tive with 150 me­tres to go with a stun­ning burst pass­ing Kipye­gon Bett and race favourite Ni­jel Amos and held on to take the tape first from fast-fin­ish­ing Pole Adam Kszc­zot.

“I am a gam­bler, I love go­ing to the casino,” said Bosse. “And to­day I just gam­bled, I put ev­ery­thing on the red, even my last Euro. So hope­fully, this is also for luck in love.” Bosse, who is renowned for his off­beat char­ac­ter and ad­dressed his cat ‘Rabs’ af­ter fin­ish­ing out­side the medals in Rio by telling him to go the fridge and drink a beer for him, said he thought he had cast a spell over his ri­vals as no one threat­ened him down the fi­nal 100m.

“It felt like a night­mare as I was get­ting chased,” he said. “It was a never end­ing night­mare. I could not un­der­stand why no­body was go­ing past me. “Even when I crossed the line I could not be­lieve it. “The oth­ers killed them­selves and they were al­ready dead in the last 100m. “I was like a witch cast­ing a spell on them.” Bosse, who along with a friend launched an app called ‘De­serve Her’ ear­lier this year as a ri­val he said to dat­ing app ‘Tin­der’, said that he had felt like a kid who would do any­thing to have the toy he wanted from the shop.

“It was a war of at­tri­tion,” said Bosse, who re­vealed he had spilt a bot­tle of wa­ter on his bed on Mon­day when he was fan­ta­sis­ing about win­ning the gold. “I felt like a lit­tle boy who wanted this toy and I said to my­self: ‘in any case you have noth­ing to lose’. “When I went past them I put my­self in their place and I said to my­self: ‘What must they be think­ing? I thought they are go­ing to pay for this and that pleased me’. “It is the first time in my ca­reer I have felt like that. “Fi­nally to­day I was ahead of ev­ery­one. Peo­ple can for­give me now be­cause I now have that world ti­tle.” Bosse, who away from the track plays gui­tar-largely tunes by leg­endary French poet and song­writer Ge­orges Brassens, said he thought he was see­ing things af­ter he went on his lap of hon­our and es­pied his best friend in the crowd.

“He had a date with a girl in the south of France yes­ter­day and we spoke to each other on the phone last night,” said Bosse. “He wished me the best of luck and I thought I’d see him again in France.

“And then tonight, I see him in the crowd and I was so pleased. “He came all the way from France to see me. Maybe he brought me luck.” How­ever, any thoughts of go­ing out and cel­e­brat­ing with him have per­haps been put on hold. “I had to pinch my­self re­ally hard to re­alise that I had re­ally won,” he said. “In any case 200 me­tres af­ter that I was throw­ing up. “I can­not party like Usain Bolt.” — AFP

LON­DON: France’s Pierre-Am­broise Bosse cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the gold medal in the men’s 800-me­ter fi­nal dur­ing the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don Tues­day. — AP

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