MZANSI’S golden girl Caster Semenya is tipped to make history at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, starting on 5 August.
That is the view of Botswana’s poster boy, her training partner Nigel Amos.
The 22-year-old trains with Semenya every day at their base in Potchefstroom, where the pair are coached by renowned athletics mentor Jean Verster.
The athletes have another thing in common: Both bagged silver in the 800m at the 2012 London Games.
Amos and Semenya also both clinched gold at the African Senior Championships in Athletics in Durban last month.
Amos says Semenya is in the best form of her career and that he has witnessed that first-hand in training.
Amos, who is the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 All Africa Games 800m title holder, is preparing to take on world 800m record-holder (1:40:91) and Olympic defending champion David Rudisha of Kenya.
Amos said: “It’s a great feeling to be training with Caster and to be trained by Jean.
“I’m grateful to be working with the best team in the world.
“Caster is in unbelievable shape. She is definitely going to win gold medals if she decides to run in all events (800m and 400m or 1 500m).
“She will get a good time, hopefully even a world record at the Olympics. She is fit, looking good and motivated to make history.”
Amos, whose silver at the 2012 Olympics was his country’s first, played down talk of upstaging Rudisha.
He said: “I will be running my own race and won’t be focusing on David.
“Everything is falling into place and hopefully I will get to Rio in great shape. My focus is to do better than I did in 2012.”
Amos also spoke about being based at the North West University, where they have top class training facilities. He said: “The facilities are great but I am hungry to achieve something on the world stage.”
Athletics is the second biggest sport behind soccer in Botswana, but all eyes will be on Amos and company in Rio. Said the athlete: “We will give our people a reason to celebrate.”