Peter Bol (runner)

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Peter Bol
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Peter Bol in 2017
Personal information
Born (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 27)
Khartoum, Sudan
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Sport Middle-distance running
Event(s)800 metres
University teamCurtin University [1]
ClubSt Kevins Athletics Club
TeamAthletics Australia
Coached byJustin Rinaldi
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1:44.56 800m

Nagmeldin "Peter" Bol (born 22 February 1994) is an Australian middle-distance runner. He competed in the men's 800 metres at the 2016 Summer Olympics. [2]



Bol was born on 22 February 1994 in Khartoum, Sudan. [3] His family fled the civil war in Sudan when he was four. [4] They lived in an Egyptian refugee camp for four years before immigrating to Australia. At the age of eight, he arrived in Toowoomba, Queensland. [4] He grew up in Perth and attended St Norbert College. [3] In 2017, he completed a construction degree at Curtin University. [3]

Athletics career

Bol was a promising basketballer in Perth, Western Australia. When he was 16, a teacher at St Norbert College suggested he try 800 m running after a promising cross-country run. [3]

In 2013, Bol stormed to victory in the junior men's 800 m at the Australian Athletics Championships in a personal best time of 1:48.90. [3] In December 2015, he moved from Perth to Melbourne to train with coach Justin Rinaldi, who also coached joint national record holder Alexander Rowe. [3] In 2016, he ran two Olympic qualifying times (1:45.78 and 1:45.41) and was selected on the Australian team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. [5] At the Olympics, he finished sixth in his heat in 1:49.36 At the 2017 IAAF World Championships, he finished seventh in his heat in 1:49.65. [6]

On 10 June 2018, at IAAF meet in Stockholm, Sweden he set a personal best of 1:44.56 in the 800 m defeating training partner Joseph Deng. [5]

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