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