The top 10 athletes of 2018 so far
 1  Emmanuel Korir                  KEN  1.42.05   London
 2  Nijel Amos                      BOT  1.42.14   Monaco
 3  Clayton Murphy                  USA  1.43.12   London
 4  Wycliffe Kinyamal               KEN  1.43.12   London
 5  Brandon McBride                 CAN  1.43.20   Monaco
 6  Michael Saruni                  KEN  1.43.25   Tucson
 7  Jonathan Kitilit                KEN  1.43.46   Nairobi
 8  Saul Ordóñez                    ESP  1.43.65   Monaco
 9  Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot       KEN  1.43.73   Paris
10  Cornelius Tuwei                 KEN  1.43.82   Monaco

Another wonderful race by Korir

Emmanuel Korir is already a major force at the 800m. In Birmingham he showed that he can dominate races like few others can. He ran away from the field and made it look easy.

Earlier this season Korir ran the fastest time of the season. In Birmingham he apparently wanted to show that had been no fluke. On he final straight he had to battle it out with Jonathan Kitilit - who is having a splendid season himself. This race would be Jonathans sixth 1:43 mark already - no one else this season has been able to run three, let alone six.

But where Kitilit was struggling Korir was floating. With every stride he gained on Kitilit, and at the finish he was well ahead. On top of that he managed to run another 1:42 mark, his second of the season. To indicate how rare that is, consider that all the other runners in this race have just managed two 1:42 marks between them in their entire careers (one by Cheruiyot, one by Murphy). Korir will surely win major titles at the 800m soon.

    Result:
 1  Emmanuel Korir         KEN   1:42.79
 2  Jonathan Kitilit       KEN   1:43.53
 3  Elijah Manangoi        KEN   1:44.15
 4  Ferguson Cheruiyot     KEN   1:44.44
 5  Marcin Lewandowski     POL   1:44.75
 6  Adam Kszczot           POL   1:44.97
 7  Jake Wightman          GBR   1:45.00
 8  Erik Sowinski          USA   1:45.68
 9  Brandon McBride        CAN   1:45.78
10  Clayton Murphy         USA   1:47.80
Another great victory for Korir
And another! Emmanuel Korir triumphs once more in yet another time below 1:43. His victory in Birmingham broke the meeting record with more than a second.

Adam Kszczot wins third successive European title

He was the obvious favourite before the race - but even so few had expected his victory to be this convincing. Adam Kszczot simply followed the leader, Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, down the final straight, attacked around the final bend and then powered away to his third successive European title.

Over the years Adam Kszczot has collected an impressive amount of silverware: three times European Champion both indoors and outdoors (and an outdoor bronze as well). Two silver medals at the World Championships. And at the world Indoors a gold, a silver and a bronze. That's twelve major medals in all - quite a feat!

    Result:
 1  Adam Kszczot           POL   1:44.59
 2  Andreas Kramer         SWE   1:45.03
 3  Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  FRA   1:45.30
 4  Michal Rozmys          POL   1:45.32
 5  Mateusz Borkowski      POL   1:45.42
 6  Andreas Bube           DEN   1:45.92
 7  Álvaro de Arriba       ESP   1:46.41
 8  Lukas Hodbod           CZE   1:46.60
Adam Kszczot is all smiles after his victory
"The hardest of the three". That was the opinion of Adam Kszczot after winning his third title. He also said he had foreseen the scenario where Bosse would make an early move and had planned to follow him closely to ensure the gap between the Frenchman and himself would never grow too large.

Impressive Emmanuel Korir runs new World Lead

Anything Amos can do, I can do better! Were those perhaps the thoughts of Emmanuel Korir on Friday, after watching Nijel Amos run the fastest time for six years? On Sunday afternoon Korir, who has been improving his speed by running quite a few fast 400m races - he even became Kenyan champion on that distance - was more than up to the challenge.

Not that he remained unchallenged. Around the final bend Commonwealth Champion Wycliffe Kinyamal was still hot on his heels. Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy was right behind as well. And then there was Nijel Amos, fresh from his heroics two days earlier. But in the final straight Korir simply ran away from them, and at the finish he was more than a second ahead of his rivals.

With 1:42.05 Korir dipped just below Amos' time, and it lifted him to number six on the all time 800m list. Kinyamal also ran a big PB, Murphy ran his second fastest race ever and Amos ran yet another very fast race less than 48 hours after his efforts in Monaco. There was British joy as well: no less than three British athletes broke the magical 1:45 barrier for the first time in their careers.

    Result:
 1  Emmanuel Korir         KEN   1:42.05
 2  Clayton Murphy         USA   1:43.12
 3  Wycliffe Kinyamal      KEN   1:43.12
 4  Nijel Amos             BOT   1:43.29
 5  Jake Wightman          GBR   1:44.61
 6  Adam Kszczot           POL   1:44.72
 7  Guy Learmonth          GBR   1:44.73
 8  Daniel Rowden          GBR   1:44.97
 9  Elliot Giles           GBR   1:45.04
10  Andrew Osagie          GBR   1:45.25
11  Erik Sowinski          USA   1:45.91
Emmanuel Korir is all smiles after his London victory
Good show! Emmanuel Korir is all smiles after his very impressive victory in London. His time was not just a new World Leading time but also promoted him to sixth on the list of fastest ever athletes.

Stunning race by Nijel Amos in Monaco

Ir was not even an offical Diamond League race, but 800m runs in Monaco are often fast - and this race was no exception. The pacemaker (Abda) did an excellent job and hurried to 48.97 after 400, with only Nijel Amos really following. Jonathan Kitilit hung on but had to let go eventually.

But Nijel Amos sprinted away from the field, took an enormous lead and finished in an amazing time of 1:42.14. A new World lead. A Meeting record, beating his own 2014 mark of 1:42.45, which had been a world leading time as well. On top of that it was the fastest run since David Rudisha stormed to a new World Record in the 2012 Olympic final. After several lean years Amos seems to be back to his very best.

Behind Amos many other records tumbled. Brandon McBride ran a new Canadian record, erasing a ten year old mark by Gary Reed. Saul Ordoñez set a new Spanish record, improving a six year old time by Kevin López. But the most remarkable record was set by Joseph Deng, who improved a mark that brought Ralph Doubell Olympic gold way back in 1968. After almost fifty (!) years the Australian 800m record has finally been broken!

    Result:
 1  Nijel Amos             BOT   1:42.14
 2  Brandon McBride        CAN   1:43.20
 3  Saul Ordoñez           ESP   1:43.65
 4  Cornelius Tuwei        KEN   1:43.82
 5  Jonathan Kitilit       KEN   1:43.91
 6  Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  FRA   1:44.20
 7  Joseph Deng            AUS   1:44.21
 8  Marcin Lewandowski     POL   1:44.32
 9  Peter Bol              AUS   1:46.64
10  Alfred Kipketer        KEN   1:48.68
Sensational run by Nijel Amos
Simply sensational! Nijel Amos had not been making the headlines lately, but in Monaco he suddenly ran of the greatest races of his life. His winning time beat his own meeting record, was the fastest time of the year and the fastest run since the 2012 Olympic final!

Young talent Michael Saruni excels

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
Michael Saruni
What a talent! Michael Saruni broke several records as he won his race in Tucson. A new NCAA record, and he also ran the fastest time ever recorded in April.

Kenya's Kinyamal is the Commonwealth champion

On paper Nijel Amos was the man to be reckoned with. And during the first lap all went right for the man from Botswana. A medium pace 52.01 meant he should be able to run a strong second lap and secure prolongation of his title.

The Kenyans though had other ideas. On the back straight Kinyamal saw how Amos was unable to press on and took over the lead. His compatriot Kitilit followed in third position. In the final straight though all three were visibly tiring. Kyle Langford and Luke Mathews were sprinting home looking for medals. Kitilit could only finish sixth, and a despearately disappointed Amos strolled home in last position.

Kinyamal though held on, if only just. It was a small miracle, he said. Due to a stiff back it had been unsure whether he could start at all. And now he could dream of more success. His career at the 800 m started only recently, since he was more inclined to do the high jump. And perhaps, he said, he may now meet David Rudisha, his hero. Who lives just a few minutes away, but who he has never yet spoken to. Surely that wish will soon be granted now.

    Result:
 1  Wycliffe Kinyamal      KEN   1:45.11
 2  Kyle Langford          ENG   1:45.16
 3  Luke Mathews           AUS   1:45.60
 4  Jake Wightman          SCO   1:45.82
 5  Brad Mathas            NZL   1:46.07
 6  Jonathan Kitilit       KEN   1:46.12
 7  Joseph Deng            AUS   1:47.20
 8  Nijel Amos             BOT   1:48.45
Kinyamal celebrates Commonwealth gold
Gold at last! Wycliffe Kinyamal celebrates his first major success and Kenya's first gold medal. Until this race the Commonwealth Games had been rather disappointing for Kenya.

Adam Kszczot takes yet another title!

And another one! After a streak of indoor victories this season Adam Kszczot was the clear favourite before the race. When no one wanted to take the lead during the first two laps (just 55.77 at 400 m) they played right into the hands of the quick Pole. With two devastating finishing laps (the last one in 25.06!) he proved once again that he is next to unbeatable in any sort of tactical race.

Kszczot has now collected an amazing array of medals: twice he took silver at the outdoor WC. Two golds and a bronze at the outdoor EC. Three European indoor titles, and now a World Indoor Gold to go with his silver from 2014 and his bronze from way back in 2010.

After the finish there was a bit of controversy since Drew Windle was initially disqualified for pushing. At the indoor 800 m, with its tight bends and high pace a bit of contact is almost unavoidable, so reasonably enough he was reinstated again.

    Result:
 1  Adam Kszczot           POL   1:47.47
 2  Drew Windle            USA   1:47.99
 3  Saul Ordóñez           ESP   1:48.01
 4  Elliot Giles           GBR   1:48.22
 5  Álvaro de Arriba       ESP   1:48.51
 6  Mostafa Smaili         MAR   1:48.75
Adam Kszczot sprints past the field
Full speed ahead! Adam Kszczot sprints past the field to take the lead. He would never look back and convincingly score his first World Indoor Title.

Terrific Indoor run by Emmanuel Korir

Emmanuel Korir may be the brightest talent at 800 m currently, and he gave yet another demonstration of his abilities. During the Millrose Games at New York he outpaced Donavan Brazier with a final lap in just over 26 seconds and finished in a sensational time of 1:44.21, the fastest indoor time for 18 years.

Korir's time means he is now third fastest on the all time indoor list. Only the legendary Wilson Kipketer and Yuriy Borzakovskiy have ever run faster. Korir also set a new African record, improving the previous record pf 1:44.52 which was held by Mohamed Aman since 2014.

Behind Korir American runners Brazier an Drew Windle set PB's as well. They are now ranked as number two and three on the US all time indoor list, with just Johnny Gray's long standing (1992!) 1:45.00 ahead of them.

    Result:
 1  Emmanuel Korir         KEN   1:44.21
 2  Donavan Brazier        USA   1:45.35
 3  Drew Windle            USA   1:45.53
 4  Kyle Langford          GBR   1:46.43
 5  Clayton Murphy         USA   1:46.61
 6  Jesse Garn             USA   1:47.58
 7  Sho Kawamoto           JPN   1:47.78
 8  Wesley Vázquez         PUR   1:47.80
 9  Casimir Loxsom         USA   1:50.54
Brazier and Korir heading the field
The best is yet to come. Although Emmanuel Korir was trailing Donavan Brazier for most of the race he would run a blazing final lap. At the finish Korir would be leading by well over a second.