Australia’s Peter Bol has narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal, finishing fourth in a sensational run in the men’s 800m final.
Bol ran a clinical race, leading the pack from the get-go and sparking the initial breakaway where he looked in good stead to finish on the podium.
But coming around the final bend, the Aussie began to wane as he lost his wind on the final 50 metres, holding on for fourth place.
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“I put myself in every chance, the only thing I regret is the last 100,” Bol said after the race.
“I’d be lying if I said I was pretty happy right now, the goal was to win. So, we’ll still have to reflect upon that.
“Today, I didn’t know if I was going to win but I knew one thing for certain, all of Australia was watching, that’s what carried me on.
“I’m grateful to everyone in Australia, and thankful because we’re all human at the end of the day. We inspired the whole nation and that’s the goal.”
Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir claimed gold, followed by countryman Ferguson Rotich in second, while Poland’s Patryk Dobek took third.
Bol was the first Australian to make an Olympic 800m final since 1968. His fourth-place finish is the highest by an Australian male on the track since Darren Clark’s fourth in the 400m in 1988 – 33 years ago.
The Aussie set social media alight with his courageous run where he took it right up to the favourites.
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