Kenya’s Korir runs fastest 800m in six years

Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir in action as he wins the Men’s 800m during London Anniversary Games , London, Britain – July 22, 2018.

Emmanuel Korir ran the fastest 800m since 2012, clocking 1:42.05, to light up the second day of the Anniversary Games in London—the 11th meeting on the IAAF Diamond League on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Kenyan takes the accolade from Nijel Amos, who illuminated Friday night’s Monaco meeting by winning in 1:42.14 but was helpless as Korir produced a powerful front-running and head-turning performance.

He took up a spot behind pacer Bram Som, who took them through the first lap in 49.87. Though Wycliffe Kinyamal was probing in his wake, Korir, who won the Kenyan 400m title in 44.21 last month, clung to the rail to repel the challenge. He then pulled away through the final 200 metres to lower the world lead and smash the meeting record.

The performance ranks him sixth on the all-time lists, a feat not even Korir expected so soon.

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