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An Olympic silver medalist has revealed his rather unusual training partner as he’s pictured doing press-ups with a meerkat on his back.
Nijel Amos is on the track and field team for Botswana as a middle-distance runner. At the 2012 Olympics in London, he came second in the 800 metres, winning the country’s first-ever Olympic medal.
In a clip posted on Twitter, Amos showed an interesting part of his training session as he completed press-ups with a lone meerkat happily chilling out on his back.
He captioned the post: “It’s a journey.”
It's a journey. https://t.co/GVDclkjPAU — Nijel Amos 🇧🇼 (@Nijel Amos 🇧🇼)
The clip has been viewed almost 35,000 times, and many people in the comments have referred to Timon, the famous meerkat character from the Disney film The Lion King.
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One person jested: “You are friends with Timon?”
You are friends with Timon? 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/c0Yo3sF4RA — Nino graFithi 😎𓆗 (@Nino graFithi 😎𓆗)
Another person wrote: “What an adorable training partner! Who knew meerkats are so into sports?”
What an adorable training partner! Who knew meerkats are so into sports? https://t.co/FOjLVooBTj — Pam Parsons (@Pam Parsons)
Someone else joked: “When Timon ditches Pumba for humans.”
When Timon ditches Pumba for humans🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/SkUIABVMvb — #DearAfrika (@#DearAfrika)
World Athletics, the international governing body that oversees athletic sports, wrote: “The perfect training buddy doesn’t exi…”
The perfect training buddy doesn’t exi… https://t.co/ox1wwCw00K — World Athletics (@World Athletics)
Back on The Lion King theme, another person suggested he enlist a Pumba, writing: “Now do a warthog.”
In the Tokyo Olympics this year, Amos finished 8th in the 800m final but still received a hero’s welcome on his return to his community.
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The people in his hometown of Marobela gave him money and farmland to show their appreciation and celebrate his participation at The Olympic Games.
Amos wrote: “This is where I took my first steps, where I learned to walk and eventually run, where I began my athletic journey, this is my home. I am grateful for my community.”