Nagmeldin ‘Peter’ Bol (athletics) will make his Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham where he is aiming to become the first Australian to win the men’s 800m since Peter Bourke in Brisbane in 1982. At the Tokyo Olympics, Bol became the first Australian to qualify for the men’s Olympic 800m final since Ralph Doubell won gold in Mexico City in 1968, taking the pack most of the way after setting the pace at the front, ultimately finishing 4th in an Australian of 1:44.11. Born in the Sudan, Bol’s family fled the war-torn nation to Egypt when he was six, before migrating to Australia on humanitarian visas four years later. He went to school in Perth on a basketball scholarship, but his running talent was noticed by a sports teacher before being nurtured by her father and local coaches. He moved to Melbourne in 2015 to train full time with Justin Rinaldi. The first part of his name, Nagmel, is pronounced “Najma” and means ‘star’ in Arabic. The second part, ‘din’, is religion.
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