Tokyo 2020: Perth's Peter Bol clarifies false reports ahead of men's 800m final

Peter Bol has revealed shock new details about his incredible journey to Australia after fleeing war-torn Sudan as a child, ahead of his Olympic 800m final on Wednesday evening.

Writing exclusively for The West Australian, the medal favourite clarified false reports he lived in a refugee camp.

“Despite what some people have said and written, we never lived in a refugee camp,” he wrote.

“People familiar with my story have probably heard it enough times but, as I am so proud of my journey, I will say it again.

“My family emigrated from Sudan to Egypt when I was four and it was our home for four years. Then it was to Toowoomba and Perth, Perth to Melbourne, airport to airport and athletics venue to athletics venue.

“This journey has been about community, finding my place in Australia and learning about myself and the world. Here, the performance is not important. But my athletic journey is important, and the performance has always been the bonus.”

exclusively for The West Australian

Camera IconPeter Bol after the men's 800 metre semi-final in Tokyo. Credit: Matthias Hangst/ Getty Images

Bol began his sporting life in Australia as a basketballer before his running potential was spotted at the age of 16.

He disappointed at the Rio Olympics in 2016, placing sixth in his heat, but the Tokyo Games has proved a different story.

Bol broke the Australian 800m record twice in as many nights to issue a loud warning to his Olympic rivals, lowering the mark to 1.44:11 minutes.

Ahead of tonight’s race set to stop the country, Bol said he is relaxed and “feels the support of the whole nation” behind him.

“I don’t feel any pressure from it and I’m quite calm. We are ready and it’s time to execute,” he wrote.

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