World 800m silver medallist Djamel Sedjati battled through the lactic acid to win the men’s 800m race at the Stockholm Diamond League Meeting held on Sunday (02) in Stockholm, Sweden.
The 24 year-old who came into prominence in 2021 after running a few meetings in Algeria, beat a deep elite field that included the reigning Olympic and World 800m champion, Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir from Kenya, the 2018 European 800m silver medallist, Andreas Kramer, the 2018 World Indoor 800m bronze medallist, Saul Ordonez and the 2021 European U20 800m bronze medallist Yanis Meziane from France.
Sedjati who tested positive to coronavirus in Tokyo and was placed into quarantine missing the Olympics, won his first Diamond League race in a time of 1:44.59 which is his slowest time ever according to World Athletics Statistics.
The reigning Mediterranean Games 800m champion, Ordonez came home in second with a season best of 1:44.67 with Tual closing the podium three finishes also with a season best of 1:44.85.
Kramer and Meziane came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:45.01 and 1:45.43 respectively.
Korir who is the sixth fastest athlete of all time over the 800m, with a personal best of 1:42.05 and also a three-time Diamond League champion, performed dismally as he finished in eighth place with the slowest performance of all time of 1:48.96.
- Djamel Sedjati (ALG) 1:44.59
- Saul Ordonez (ESP) 1:44.67 SB
- Gabriel Tual (FRA) 1:44.85 SB
- Andreas Kramer (SWE) 1:45.01
- Yanis Meziane (FRA) 1:45.43