Zürich has a rich history of very strong 800m races and the 2019 field looked as strong as any major final. Harun Abda was pacemaker and he took his role perhaps too seriously - he ran the first lap in 48.23 - faster than would be required for a world record. Nijel Amos and Emmanuel Korir were close behind, but Clayton Murphy, Donavan Brazier and Amel Tuka left a big gap of at least two seconds to the leaders rather than risking blowing up on lap two.
On the back straight the race looked like a long distance run with the field totally stretched out. But towards the final curve the leaders started to lose speed and although Amos kept the lead Brazier in particular was moving forward rapidly. In the final straight Brazier stormed forward and none of the leaders could respond. So Brazier ran out winning from way, way back! Amos gritted his teeth for second. Brandon McBride did well to finish third, ahead of Korir and the fast finishing Murphy and Tuka.
Six men in this very fast race finished below 1:44, for only the 13th time in history. Brazier set a new PB and became the 2nd fastest US runner of all time, missing Johnny Gray's US record from 1985 by just 0.10 seconds. Amos ran yet another sub 1:43, the sixth of his career, which puts him level with Joaquim Cruz - only David Rudisha and wilson Kipketer have ran more.
Result: 1 Donavan Brazier USA 1:42.70 2 Nijel Amos BOT 1:42.98 3 Brandon McBride CAN 1:43.51 4 Emmanuel Korir KEN 1:43.69 5 Clayton Murphy USA 1:43.94 6 Amel Tuka BIH 1:43.99 7 Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:45.28 8 Wycliffe Kinyamal KEN 1:47.59