World 800m champion assaulted by men posing as fans

Pierre-Ambroise Bosse says he is the victim of a "violent assault" following an incident in a Casino parking lot in the early hours of Aug. 27

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Pierre-Ambroise Bosse announced that he ended his athletics season following a “violent assault,” according to his Facebook page.

The 2017 IAAF World Championships 800m champion, according to Sud-Ouest, was beaten by several individuals on the weekend in a Casino parking lot in the south of France. Bosse wrote on Facebook that he suffered multiple fractures to the face and unspeakable moral damage. He wrote that he was granted “many days” of interruption of work.

His translated Facebook post, originally in French, reads the following:

“Good evening, everyone.
Last Saturday I was a victim of a violent assault following a crowd movement.
Three people brutally assaulted me.
The Consequences:
– Multiple fractures to the face
– Many days of ITT (Total Inability To Work)
– Unspeakable moral damage.
An investigation is underway. For all these reasons, my season stops from this day!
I’ve always loved people. I love three less today.


Bonsoir à tous,Samedi dernier j'ai été victime d'une violente agression suite à un mouvement de foule. 3 individus m…

Posted by Bosse Pierre-Ambroise on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A 24-year-old was taken into custody on Thursday morning for “acts of violence and violation of the legislation on narcotics,” as translated by FloTrack via France’s Midi Libre. The report adds that the individuals posed as fans and asked Bosse for his autograph.

Really !?😳

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Bosse, 25, became world champion over 800m on Aug. 8 competing at the London championships. He was scheduled to compete on Sept. 9 at an athletics meet in Angers, France.