Peter Bol enjoyed an ‘easy’ 800m heat victory that defied an anxiety-ridden previous 24 hours after the Australian suffered an ankle injury on the eve of his Birmingham appearance.
The 28-year-old revealed he had rolled his ankle prior to his race on Wednesday night, yet there was no sign of any such niggle as he stamped his authority on the competition ahead of the final on Sunday.
Bol established himself as the man to beat these Commonwealth Games after crossing the line in 1min47sec, faster than any other athlete in the field.
He paid tribute to the work of the Australian medical team for ensuring he was in good shape for the race in a hectic 24 hours before his race.
‘I feel good, it’s crazy because I rolled my ankle yesterday so I want to shout out to my medical team,’ he said.
‘Yesterday I was limping and today I am running perfectly fine so that’s a massive thank you to the medical team at Athletics Australia.
‘I wasn’t playing basketball I promise, I just rolled it on a curb on the track it was the first time ever. I don’t really overthink so I thought just go back, get some medical, ice it and see what happens
‘It was getting better by the night and then in the morning I was like, ‘Bam I’m ready to go’.
‘The race speaks for itself, it was comfortable, it was nice and there was an unbelievable crowd and atmosphere.’
Bol, who competed in the 800m final in Tokyo last year, expressed his relief at his strong performance after only finishing seventh in the world championships last month.
‘To be honest I did feel at ease and I enjoyed that a lot,’ he said. ‘It was awesome to come back from worlds because it was a disappointing final so to come back here and be in amazing shape and just switch off like that at the end is amazing.’