1 Emmanuel Korir KEN 1.43.10 Monaco
2 Nijel Amos BOT 1.43.18 London
3 Clayton Murphy USA 1.43.60 Torrance
4 Wycliffe Kinyamal KEN 1.43.94 Rovereto
5 Donavan Brazier USA 1.43.95 London
6 Kipyegon Bett KEN 1.44.04 Nairobi
7 Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot KEN 1.44.37 Paris
8 Brandon McBride CAN 1.44.41 Monaco
9 Asbel Kiprop KEN 1.44.43 London
10 Antoine Gakeme BDI 1.44.44 Madrid
Nijel Amos wins the Diamond League final
The Diamond League had a different setup this season. No longer was the athlete
who had collected most points declared the winner. Instead the model was much
simpler: gather points to qualify for the final, then simply win the final.
Kipyegon Bett and Nijel Amos looked like the favorites, although Adam Kszczot
with his sprint finish could not be discounted. The pace was fast - below 50
seconds for the first lap. Amos took the lead, and the Kenyan contingent could
only follow. Disappointingly none of them could finish in the top three.
Instead the challenge came from Poland. Kszczot came from behind and came real
close - but he was unable to get past Amos. What he didn't see was that his
compatriot Marcin Lewandowski was finishing strongly as well. Kszczot looked
left, saw no-one coming and eased up. Lewandowski went right and sneaked past
on the line, running a seasons best in the process.
But Nijel Amos stayed out of reach. And although his World Championship
campaign ended in disappointment this win shows he is still the man to beat.
1 Nijel Amos BOT 1:44.53
2 Marcin Lewandowski POL 1:44.77
3 Adam Kszczot POL 1:44.84
4 Kipyegon Bett KEN 1:45.21
5 Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:45.25
6 Alfred Kipketer KEN 1:46.27
7 Elliot Giles GBR 1:47.03
8 Asbel Kiprop KEN 1:49.85
Pierre-Ambroise Bosse is the new World Champion
The 800m has a new World Champion in Pierre-Ambroise Bosse. His story
of the season is one of the more unlikely ones for any champion.
His participation wasn't at all sure to begin with. Injuries had meant
he had hardly run any races. He had to prove himself in the Monaco race,
which he duly did. Although he only finished fifth, his time was good
enough. So Bosse at least was allowed to run in London.
His heat didn't present too many problems, but he had a hard time in the
semifinal. Two races in two days proved to be tough for someone who hasn't
run much. Bosse finished third, where a top two finish was needed. Luckily
he did so in the fastest semi, and so he still qualified for the final.
In that final he was anything but favorite. Amos had run well all season.
Bett had won that fastest semifinal. Kszczot is renowned for his sprint finish.
Bosse had never won a major medal before, his expectations couldn't have been high.
It didn't matter. Halfway through the second lap the Frenchman decided to take
the lead and simply run flat out to the finish. Bett, Amos and Aman could only
trail in his wake. Kszczot came close, but not close enough. And so Bosse
crossed the finish as World Champion. "Me, really?" he seemed to ask himself.
Yes, you. An unlikely story indeed.
1. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse FRA 1:44.67
2. Adam Kszczot POL 1:44.95
3. Kipyegon Bett KEN 1:45.21
4. Kyle Langford GBR 1:45.25
5. Nijel Amos BOT 1:45.83
6. Mohammed Aman ETH 1:46.06
7. Thiago Andrè BRA 1:46.30
8. Brandon McBride CAN 1:47.09
Is Emmanuel Korir the new man at the 800?
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.
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
Amos surges to top of season list
The victory of Nijel Amos in Paris could have been a one-off but
the race in London definitely proved otherwise. Nijel ran the
fastest time of the year so far and finished well ahead of his
The pace was fast and Amos, Brazier and Kiprop were the only ones who
dared to follow the pacemaker, reaching the bell in around 50 seoonds.
Once the pacemaker dropped out Amos never gave up the lead, easily
withstood a brief challenge from Brazier and ran away on the last
stretch to finish with a big lead.
The race also proved a big success for the British athletes.
Four of them, Giles, Wightman, Langford and Learmonth all scored PB's.
1 Nijel Amos BOT 1:43.18
2 Donavan Brazier USA 1:43.95
3 Asbel Kiprop KEN 1:44.43
4 Erik Sowinski USA 1:44.82
5 Elliot Giles GBR 1:44.99
6 Adam Kszczot POL 1:45.21
7 Jake Wightman GBR 1:45.42
8 Kyle Langford GBR 1:45.45
9 Andrew Osagie GBR 1:45.75
10 Guy Learmonth GBR 1:45.77
11 Mark English IRL 1:47.04
Nijel Amos is back again
The 2016 season was a disappointing one for Nijel Amos. His first
major race in 2017 would indicate whether he could reach his splendid
level of 2015 again. The competition at the Diamond League meeting in
Paris was fierce.
Amos stayed close behind the pacemaker during the first lap, but on
the back straight Kipyegon Bett took over the lead. Had Amos started
too fast? No! Amos stayed close, attacked and went past the young
Kenyan again. With a grimace on his face he managed to stay just
ahead of Bett and the fast finishing Cheruiyot.
His time was not exceptionally fast, but at least it was faster than
his best mark from 2016. So we may well see a strong season from the
young man from Botswana, who is still only 23 ears old.
1 Nijel Amos BOT 1:44.24
2 Kipyegon Bett KEN 1:44.36
3 Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:44.37
4 Robert Biwott KEN 1:45.05
5 Amel Tuka BIH 1:45.40
6 Job Kinyor KEN 1:45.50
7 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse FRA 1:45.71
8 Thijmen Kupers NED 1:46.07
9 Samir Dahmani FRA 1:46.76
10 Alfred Kipketer KEN 1:47.36
11 Willy Tarbei KEN 1:51.77
Third European Indoor title for Adam Kszczot
Poland appears to have a stranglehold on this title lately. Adam Kszczot won it
in 2011 and 2013, Lewandowski in 2015. This year Lewandowski preferred the 1500
(and took gold there) leaving it to Kszczot to defend Polands honour.
The race was fairly slow, with one of the three Spaniards, Kevin López,
setting a modest pace. Halfway through Andreas Bube took over the lead, Kszczot
immediately followed and from there on no one was going to stop him. Kszczot
took over with one lap to go and sprinted to his third title. Bube was rewarded
with the silver. Kupers looked on course for the bronze but after a few
collisions on the last lap his medal chances were gone and it was
Álvaro de Arriba who managed to finish third.
Adam Kszczot has won no less than five European titles now: aside from his
three Indoor titles he has also won two Outdoor titles. A very impressive list.
1 Adam Kszczot POL 1:48.87
2 Andreas Bube DEN 1:49.32
3 Álvaro de Arriba ESP 1:49.68
4 Daniel Andújar ESP 1:50.28
5 Thijmen Kupers NED 1:50.47
6 Kevin López ESP 1:54.17