Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Police make arrest in attack on 800-metre world champion

 In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 800-metre final during the World Athletics Championships in London.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 800-metre final during the World Athletics Championships in London.

French police have detained a man suspected in a beating that injured 800-metre world champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse.

An official close to the police investigation said Thursday that the 24-year-old man in custody had a record of acts of violence. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

He said Bosse appears to have been attacked by several people who punched him, including in the face, after a night out.

The athlete said on his Facebook page that he had multiple facial fractures in what he described as "a violent assault" by three people on Saturday.

He said he was ending his season as a consequence.

He added: "I have always liked people but like three less people today."