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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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