London 2017 800m reports
London 800m final report:
Bosse can hardly believe he has won

Although Nijel Amos and Kipyegon Bett were perhaps favorite to do well it was clear from the start that everyone in this final would consider this a great chance, and so the first lap would probably be a nervy one. And so it turned out to be. Brandon McBride took the lead, Bett started a bit slow, but as they came together he decided he wanted to be near the lead as well. So he forced his way forward and there was a bit of bumping as they all tried to settle down. Thiago Andrè eventually ran next to Bett, with Amos next to him again. Mohammed Aman ran at the curve ahead of Pierre-Ambrose Bosse, while Kyle Langford and Adam Kszczot settled at the back.

As they came out of the first bend Amos of course ran a few extra meters and so ended up behind Andrè, but soon decided that wasn't where he wanted to be and so he swept past to be at the shoulder of McBride as they reached the bell in a fairly quick 50.76.

Kszczot then moved up a bit, but only as far as seventh, while at the front McBride started to struggle and had to let Bett and Amos pass him. Then Bosse decided to act, and on the back straight he went forward fast and as they reached the final bend he just managed to overtake Bett and take the lead. Bosse powered on, Bett following, Amos tried to get past Bett on the the bend, but couldn't do it.

And so they reached the final straight: Bosse, Bett, Amos, Aman all ran on the curve, none of them able to make any ground on the man before him. But two others did run faster then the leaders. Kszczot put in a great dash, overtaking Aman, Amos and Bett. But he couldn't reach the Frenchman, who took a well deserved gold. Langford was still in last place as they came into the final straight, but he quickly ran down Aman and Amos as well, and on the line he was just a few inches short of snatching the bronze from Bett.

And so Bosse, the man who had looked so desperate in Rio after just missing out on a medal, is the new World Champion. He had a difficult season, with injury spoiling his preparation, and he was only just in time ready for London. He made the final as one of the two fastest losers, having managed third place only in his semifinal. His face said it all afterwards: Am I dreaming?. Non Monsieur, you are the new boss, you are the new World Champion.

    Result:
 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

London 800m semifinal reports

Three semis with just the top two progressing plus two fastest losers.
Often these heats are run fast, but as it turned out that wasn't the case this year.

So, a very surprising semifinal day. A bad day for the Americans. Harris, Windle but also Brazier went out without any of them really able to fight for their places. So far it's not a great tournament for the Kenyans either. Rudisha injured, Saruni a non-starter, now Korir and Cheruiyot simply seemed to lack the pace and went out as well. It's just Bett who is flying the Kenyan flag, although he did run the fastest time in the semis.
There will be three Europeans in the final (Kszczot, Bosse and surprise package Lamgford), but also just three Africans. Bett and Amos look strong candidates for a medal, Aman might just be finding back his form of some years ago. Canadian McBride might well play a pivotal role in the final - he might want to be the front runner. Brazilian Andrè is running his first major final.


London 800m heat reports

The first round consisted of six heats, so the first three of each heat would qualify and six further athletes would qualify for the semis on time. There had been a lot of rain just before these races, but it had fortunately stopped as the heats started. So the track was wet but the air was fresh.


London 800m preview

The big news, of course, is that David Rudisha will not run. His form so far this year has been patchy, so he might not have been the favourite anyway, but the double World and Olympic Champion is always a force to be reckoned with. We won't be seeing any Rio medal winners, since Taoufik Makhloufi and Clayton Murphy won't run either. Instead the results so far this season suggest we have two main favourites and quite a few other medal candidates.

Several other athletes could well make the final, but this season remarkably few athletes have performed strongly. Only five athletes have run faster than 1:44.3, so it's difficult to predict who is in good shape. Adam Kszczot (POL) won European indoor gold in March, but outdoors he hasn't done much so far. His compatriot Marcin Lewandowski hasn't impressed either. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (FRA) just missed a medal in Rio. He has only run a few races this season. Brandon McBride (CAN) has an extra year of experience which could bring him further in this tournament. Americans tend to struggle in 800m World Chanmpionships, but Isaiah Harris or Drew Windle could falsify that. Antoine Gakeme (BDI) has set a few good marks recently. Finally young Andreas Kramer (SWE) has improved a lot over the past few months.