Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record

Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record

United States Athing Mu crushed her own American record by winning the women’s 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

Two weeks after the Tokyo Games ended, a pair of Olympic medalists closed out their historic seasons with American records at Hayward Field.

The 19 year-old in crushed her own American record by winning the women’s 800 1:55.04, improving on the previous time of 1:55.21 which she set while winning the gold medal in Tokyo on August 3.

“I knew this was probably going to be a little tougher because [of] coming off the Olympic Games and running a personal best there. So, I wasn’t looking at time, I just wanted to come here and run with whoever is out there and just be competitive,” said Mu.

Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. PHOTO: Mathew Quine/ Diamond League

Because of her front-running style, the competition wasn’t a factor for Mu in her Diamond League debut.