Peter Bol Gets Real About Mental Strength in Esquire AUS

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Published May 16, 2024

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Peter Bol covers Esquire Australia. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

Sudanese-Australian runner Peter Bol graces the cover of Esquire Australia in a striking cover shoot captured by photographer John Tsiavis and styled by Grant Pearce. The images, set against a picturesque coastal backdrop, reflect Bol’s journey of resilience and focus, showcasing his inner strength and the serenity he has embraced amid recent challenges.

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Gracing the pages of Esquire Australia, Peter Bol wears a Zegna outfit with an Alinka necklace.Pin
Gracing the pages of Esquire Australia, Peter Bol wears a Zegna outfit with an Alinka necklace. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

Known for his impressive 800-meter performance at the Tokyo Olympics, Australian athlete Bol recently endured a tumultuous period due to a false doping allegation involving EPO, subjecting him to months of stress and public scrutiny.

Peter Bol is a chic vision in a Giorgio Armani look with a Paspaley necklace. Pin
Peter Bol is a chic vision in a Giorgio Armani look with a Paspaley necklace. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

“I try to be as mentally relaxed as possible. But at the same time, I know I’ve put in all the work that’s required; I’ve put in a hundred per cent. I think one of the key things about me is I know when to switch on and I know when to switch off,” Bol reflects, sharing his approach to handling pressure.

Wearing Song for the Mute, Peter Bol appears in Esquire Australia.Pin
Wearing Song for the Mute, Peter Bol appears in Esquire Australia. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

Bol’s false doping scandal began with a positive A sample, casting doubt over his career. After six months, he was vindicated when the B sample showed an inconclusive result, and authorities admitted the A sample should never have been considered positive.

Throughout the experience, Bol’s focus on mental strength played a crucial role: “You realise you do more damage to yourself, being resentful and angry. I can sit here today and say I’m really not angry at anyone.”

Bol continues, “If I am, I don’t even know who that would be [aimed at]. And I’m not willing to do the work to search for that person. I prefer my peace.”

Donning a Coach jacket and pants, Peter Bol also wears a Paspaley necklace.Pin
Peter Bol wears a Coach jacket and pants and a Paspaley necklace. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

Bol’s story is not only about overcoming adversity but also about continuous self-improvement and impact. “On top of being a great athlete, I want to be three things: I want to be physically strong, mentally strong, but I want to make an impact,” he states, outlining his broader aspirations beyond athletics.

Peter Bol rocks a Dolce & Gabbana jacket and sunglasses.Pin
Peter Bol rocks a Dolce & Gabbana jacket and sunglasses. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

As Bol prepares for the Paris Olympics, he carries forward the lessons of his recent past with a renewed sense of purpose. His journey encompasses his unwavering determination and ability to rise above challenges with grace and strength.

Making a statement in orange, Peter Bol sports a Bottega Veneta suit.Pin
Making a statement in orange, Peter Bol sports a Bottega Veneta suit. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

Peter Bol’s story is about athletic excellence, the power of resilience, the importance of mental fortitude, and the impact one can have by staying true to oneself. As he looks towards the future, Bol continues to inspire, embodying the spirit of perseverance and hope.

Peter Bol wears a Fendi coat and pants with adidas shoes. He also dons necklaces by Brie Leon and Alinka.Pin
Peter Bol wears a Fendi coat and pants with adidas shoes. He also dons necklaces by Brie Leon and Alinka. Photo: John Tsiavis / Esquire Australia

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