Compared to earlier years the format of this race has changed. Eight runners,
rather than just six, were admitted to the final. This race showed why the idea
might need reconsideration. The early rounds showed a lot of bumping and stumbles.
The tighter indoor tracks are hardly suitable for such large fields.
One athlete who had apparently foreseen this was Adrián Ben. While a lot
of athletes were having a rough ride up front Ben stayed well back. It wasn't until
the bell that he made his move, settling in behind leader Benjamin Robert. When
Robert dashed for home, Ben was able to follow. Most other athletes had spent a lot
of energy by then. Only Crestan was able to stay close, and he would finish third.
On the final straight Ben was clearly the faster of the two. With a final desperate
effort he drew level with Robert on the line. Or did he? Neither athlete was sure.
Only after close inspection of the finish photo were the two separated. Ben was
awarded the gold by just three thousandths of a second.
It is another victory in a remarkable line of recent Spanish successes on the 800m indoor.
Four years ago Álvaro de Arriba was European Indoor Champion. Last year Mariano
García became World Indoor Champion, and now Ben joins that list as well.
1 Adrián Ben ESP 1:47.34 (.335)
2 Benjamin Robert FRA 1:47.34 (.338)
3 Eliott Crestan BEL 1:47.65
4 Amel Tuka BIH 1:47.90
5 Andreas Kramer SWE 1:48.15
6 Guy Learmonth GBR 1:48.46
7 Catalin Tecuceanu ITA 1:48.54
8 Simone Barontini ITA 1:48.63
Korir wins Diamond League in new World lead in Zürich
The career of Emmanuel Korir has been a story of running fast at exactly the right moments.
Last year he collected Olympic gold. Earlier this season he was at his best to win the World
Championship. And although he lost last week in Brussels he showed his timing once more
when the stakes were high at the last Diamond League meeting in Zürich .
The pace was pretty fast, but that didn't daunt Korir in the slightest. He watched from afar
how the pacemaker dropped out. He made his way through the field when Jake Wightman, the man
who beat him last week, went to the front. He was closer already when Marco Arop found an extra
gear and seemed to take an unassailable lead.
And then Korir made his move. He went past Wightman in a flash. Then gained rapidly on
the tiring Arop and passed him just a few meters before the finish. Job done, timed to perfection,
Diamond League victory ensured and a new world leading time on top of that. There is little doubt
now that Korir is currently the greatest 800m runner by far.
1 Emmanuel Korir KEN 1:43.26
2 Marco Arop CAN 1:43.38
3 Jake Wightman GBR 1:44.10
4 Wycliffe Kinyamal KEN 1:44.47
5 Bryce Hoppel USA 1:44.77
6 Andreas Kramer SWE 1:44.94
7 Gabriel Tual FRA 1:45.25
8 Benjamin Robert FRA 1:48.11
Mariano García takes European gold
While Mariano García wasn't really known for fast outdoor times, he had
definitely shown his qualities earlier in the season when he won the world Indoor title.
He had also made his intentions quite clear, as he wrote on social media how he would
take the lead 500m out and planned to win it from there.
As it turned out this script was followed to perfection. No athlete was ready to force
the pace, so García moved forward, took the lead as they approached the bell and
lead the pack into the final lap after a pretty fast 52.07 seconds.
Jake Wightman, Ben Pattison and Mark English were close behind, Pattison lost ground as
Eliott Crestan moved forward before falling away again. English hung on solidly to take a
second bronze (he had won bronze at the 2014 EC as well) as Wightman came very close to
But in the end it wasn't quite close enough. García held on, finished in a new PB and
came away with a well deserved gold. His brave decision to take the lead early had paid off.
1 Mariano García ESP 1:44.85
2 Jake Wightman GBR 1:44.91
3 Mark English IRL 1:45.19
4 Andreas Kramer SWE 1:45.38
5 Benjamin Robert FRA 1:45.42
6 Ben Pattison GBR 1:45.63
7 Simone Barontini ITA 1:45.66
8 Eliott Crestan BEL 1:45.68
Kinyamal succesfully defends his Commonwealth title
Kinymal was perhaps the favorite on paper, but history was against him. Never before
had an athlete been able to defend his Commonwealth games 800m title.
The pace was slow during the first lap, and when the field, tightly bunched, took over 55
seconds to complete the first lap it was clear that the second lap would be a lot faster.
Kinyamal and Bol were in the lead, and they steadily increased the pace, creating a considerable
gap between them and the six others. Into the final straight Kinyamal was stil leading Bol and
although both athletes were clearly struggling none of the others could get really close.
And so Kinyamal stayed just ahead of Bol and reached the finish in delight, achieving something that
had never been done before. Only one runner found something extra in the final straight. Young talent
Ben Pattison had been in the rear during most of the race and found himself boxed in when he wanted
to move forward. Still, he managed to outsprint all the others and claimed a creditable bronze.
1 Wycliffe Kinyamal KEN 1:47.52
2 Peter Bol AUS 1:47.66
3 Ben Pattison ENG 1:48.25
4 Jamie Webb ENG 1:48.60
5 Navasky Anderson JAM 1:48.75
6 Guy Learmonth SCO 1:48.82
7 Alex Amankwah GHA 1:48.95
8 Boitumelo Masilo BOT 1:49.35
Emmanuel Korir is the new World Champion
Emmanuel Korir emphatically won his first world title as he finished well
ahead of his rivals after a strong second lap.
Marco Arop took the lead early on and held on for a full lap before Korir
inexorably moved forward and took over as they came into the finishing straight.
Korir looked strong and convincingly took the gold. Algerian Djamel Sejati
finished fast and took the silver as Arop managed to hang on for the bronze.
1. Emmanuel Korir KEN 1:43.71
2. Djamel Sejati ALG 1:44.14
3. Marco Arop CAN 1:44.28
4. Emmanuel Wanyonyi KEN 1:44.54
5. Slimane Moula ALG 1:44.85
6. Gabriel Tual FRA 1:45.49
7. Peter Bol AUS 1:45.51
8. Wycliffe Kinyamal KEN 1:47.07