Last year Donavan Brazier was quite close to breaking the American indoor record, but at the end of the indoor season Johnny Gray's 1:45.00, set in 1992, still stood. At the Millrose Games Donavan was determined to finally break that mark.
After two laps the pace was breathtaking: 49.70 for the first half of the race. Brazier powered on during lap three but in his wake talented Kenyan Michael Saruni was still within striking distance. And in the final lap Saruni streaked ahead and finished in a fantastic 1:43.98, becoming the second fastest indoor 800m runner ever.
In 1997 Wilson Kipketer set two incredible World Indoor records. All of 22 years later Saruni has become the second athlete to run below 1:44 indoors. Brazier's run was almost as impressive: he did succeed in breaking the American record, by almost six tenths of a second. He is now fifth on the all time world Indoor list.
Result: 1 Michael Saruni KEN 1:43.98 2 Donavan Brazier USA 1:44.41 3 Sam Ellison USA 1:46.13 4 Joseph White USA 1:46.59 5 Erik Sowinski USA 1:46.61 6 Drew Windle USA 1:49.35