Doha 2019 800m reports
Doha 800m final report: Brazier an impressive champion
Brazier celebrates a deserved world title
A convincing win! Donavan Brazier celebrates his world title after a dominant performance. Apart from his gold medal he could celebrate a new US record as well.

In every major final one of the most important aspects is whether one of the athletes will dare to take them out fast. This year it looked certain that Wesley Vázquez would take that role. His impressive performance in the semis would have given him the conviction that going out fast should give him a shot at a medal.

Vázquez did go out fast. And the only one to follow him closely was Donavan Brazier. The favourite, many thought. But Vázquez ran a blistering pace on that first lap. A split of 48.99 (Brazier clocked 49.21) looked way too fast a pace to sustain. Other medal contenders, such as Amel Tuka, Clayton Murphy and Ferguson Rotich were biding their time. At the bell they were almost 10 meters beyond the two leaders, a big gap.

On the back straight Vázquez just could not keep the same pace, but Brazier attacked and showed no sign of tiring. He sprinted home and looked a real champion, well clear of the others. Tuka eventually managed to get past Vázquez and took silver, Rotich finished third for bronze.

But Donavan Brazier is the star on the 800m. He finished more than a second ahead of Tuka. He finally broke Johnny Gray's North American record from 1985. He also set a new Championships record, beating Billy Konchellah's mark from 1987. And he now shares 9th place on the all time list with Wilfred Bungei.

    Result:
 1. Donavan Brazier           USA  1:42.34
 2. Amel Tuka                 BIH  1:43.47
 3. Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich KEN  1:43.82
 4. Bryce Hoppel              USA  1:44.25
 5. Wesley Vázquez            PUR  1:44.48
 6. Adrián Ben                ESP  1:45.58
 7. Marco Arop                CAN  1:45.78
 8. Clayton Murphy            USA  1:47.84

Doha 800m semifinal reports

As is usual these days there were three semis. Just the first two would progress to the final and then there are two more spots for the fastest losers.

The semifinals usually spring quite a few surprises and this year was no exception. Neither Bosse nor Kszczot managed to qualify, but they never looked like real contenders this year. Korir though did look a serious contender - the car accident earlier this year may have taken more out of him than it seemed. The young Kenyan talent Kipngetich went out as well, so we will see only one Kenyan in the final - the seasoned campaigner Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich. With Murphy, Brazier and Hoppel the USA have three contenders in the final. The one Canadian is not McBride but Arop. Vázquez and Tuka both looked quite strong and will fancy their medal chances. The Spaniard Ben is the rank outsider in the final.


Doha 800m heat reports

The first round consisted of six heats, so the first three of each heat would qualify and six further athletes would qualify for the semis on time. The temperatures were high, so fast times were not to be expected.

So Nijel Amos is no longer in the tournament, but the other real favourites all came through: Korir, Rotich, Brazier, McBride, Murphy, Tuka and Bosse all qualified. Three Kenyans, three American athletes, three from Great Britain as well. Spain, Qatar and Morocco each have two athletes still in. Kszczot, winner of the silver medal two years ago, just scraped through, he will need a better run tomorrow.