Emmanuel Korir has had an incredible year so far. Since former Olympic Champion Paul Ereng got involved with his training the young man's progress has been sensational.
It all started off with winning the indoor NCAA Championships, followed by a World Best at the 600m Indoors. The Outdoor NCAA title in a stunning 1:43.73 followed. A world class 400m in 44.53 indicated his speed. He then won the Kenyan trials, and in Monaco no one came close as he sprinted to yet another PB and new World Leading time. Remarkably Korir now has run 1:43 three times but never a 1:44!
Until this race Nijel Amos looked like the favourite for the 800m World Title, but with Rudisha apparently not in the greatest shape surely Korir will be Kenya's main challenger in London.
Result: 1 Emmanuel Korir KEN 1:43.10 2 Brandon McBride CAN 1:44.41 3 Antoine Gakeme BDI 1:44.54 4 Drew Windle USA 1:44.72 5 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse FRA 1:44.72 6 Amel Tuka BIH 1:44.94 7 Erik Sowinski USA 1:45.12 8 Samir Dahmani FRA 1:45.72 9 Elliot Giles GBR 1:46.10