23/04/2024

In the Men's 800 final at the World Championships, Peter Bol was unsuccessful in his hunt for a gold medal. (Athletics Australia)

Heartbreak is in the air after Australian Peter Bol was unsuccessful in winning the gold medal in the Men's 800m final at the World Athletics Championships.

Heartbreak is in the air after Australian Peter Bol was unsuccessful in winning the gold medal in the Men’s 800m final at the World Athletics Championships.

The middle-distance runner and World number three competitor in the 800m race was unable to make Australian history. Qualifying into the final with a time of 1:45.58, Bol was hoping to get a spot on the podium. Instead he finished the race in seventh place.

“I’m disappointed but at the same time, it’s a privilege to be amongst the best in the world,” Peter Bol said as he was hiding his disappointment.

The race was won by rival Emmanuel Korir from Kenya taking the gold. Algerian Djamel Sedjati and Canadian runner Marco Arop joined him on the podium. The Kenyan ran a time of 1:43.71 while Bol could only manage a time of 1:45.51.

This is the second time in a matter of years that he has suffered heartbreak at international level. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics he missed out on the bronze medal by 0.53 of a second.

“You don’t come here with the hope to just be in the final, you come with the expectations to perform, if not at least grab a medal. Last year I was fourth and now I’m back to seventh,” he said.

The pressure will be on Peter Bol to perform in the Commonwealth Games. (Photo: Australian Olympic Committee)

Even though he couldn’t take home a medal on either occasion, he has set many Australian records. He was the first Australian to compete in a Men’s 800m Olympic final since 1968 and the first Australian to compete in a World Athletics Championships 800m final.

Bol is the current Oceania and Australian record holder in the 800m, achieving the record three times. In each case he has beat his own personal best and lowered the record time. His current personal best and national record is a time of 1:44.00, which he recorded earlier this year in the Paris Diamond League.

With the Commonwealth Games just days away, the 28-year-old Sudanese-born was hoping to go into the competition with confidence. Unfortunately the pressure will be on him as he aims to walk away with the silverware.

“You just have to reset as fast as possible, there’s no choice. The results will show in Birmingham and whether it works out or not but I’m willing to give it a shot,” he declared.

The Commonwealth Games begin on Channel 7 on Friday.

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