The weather was fine, but otherwise nothing was indicating something quite special was going to happen in the Desert Heat Classic 800m race at Tucson, Arizona. Until 22-year old Michael Saruni displayed his huge talent.
After a reasonably fast first lap Saruni said he just felt good, so he decided to try to run a real fast time. And fast it was. With 1:43.25 he broke the NCAA record of 1:43.55, set two years ago by Donavan Brazier. And to add a nice trivia fact, it was also the fastest time ever run in the month of April.
Michael Saruni of course also won the NCAA indoor title earlier this year. And he set a 600m indoor world best as well. His time of 1:43.25 is so fast that last season only two athletes (Emmanuel Korir and Nijel Amos) managed to run faster, and even they could do so only once. Michael Saruni may well become one of the new stars on 800m running.
Result: 1 Michael Saruni KEN 1:43.25 2 Carlos Villareal MEX 1:46.70 3 Jonah Koech KEN 1:47.12 4 Collins Kibet KEN 1:47.83 5 Hari Sathymurti USA 1:49.93 6 Brian Smith USA 1:50.68