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20 Year-Old Runs 800m World Lead in Turku

European U20 record holder Max Burgin ran the World leading time in the men’s 800m race at the Paavo Nurmi Games which is a World Athletics Continental tour gold level series held on Tuesday (14) in Turku, Finland.

The 20 year-old beat strong field that included Olympic 4×400 silver medallist Tony Van Diepen from the Netherlands, European silver medallist, Andreas Kramer from Sweden and Collins Kipruto from Kenya, who came with the second fastest time on paper.

Burgin pulled away in the second lap and held on to cross the finish-line in a world leading and personal best time of 1:43.52 which took him to be the fourth fastest British 800m runner in history behind legends Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram and Peter Elliott.

“I suffered today, but I am happy to set a personal best. This was just my second race of the season, but I am now feeling very confident for the British Championships and the World Championships after that,” said Burgin.

Burgin who took bronze in Ostrava was followed by Diepen with a new personal best of 1:44.24 with Olympic finalist Gabriel Tual from France closing the podium three finishes in a season best of 1:44.68.

Kipruto who broke the meeting record at Eure Athletics Meeting in February, failed to live up to his expectations as he finished a distant fourth in 1:44.69 with Kramer finishing in fifth in 1:44.75.


800M MEN

  1. Max Burgin            (GBR) 1:43.53
  2. Tony van Diepen  (NED) 1:44.24
  3. Gabriel Tual           (FRA) 1:44.30
  4. Collins Kipruto     (KEN) 1:44.69
  5. Andreas Kramer   (SWE) 1:44.75

Emmanuel Wanyonyi to face Nijel Amos in Ostrava

World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, who is the fourth fastest athlete this year will be the star to watch at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level –series that will be held on Tuesday (31) at Vitovice Stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Wanyonyi, a form four student at the AIC Kosirai High School in Nandi County, will be making his debut internationally after beating the Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich early this month at the Kip Keino Classic that was held at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi.

The 17 year-old who holds a championship record of 1:43.76 that he set last year will battle for honors with Olympic bronze medallist Patryk Dobek from Poland who comes to this race with a life time best of 1:43.73, that he got last year at the ORLEN Janusz Kusocinski Memorial,where he took the honors.

Wanyonyi will also face the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos from Botswana who comes to this race with the sixth fastest time in the world of 1:43.73 that he got when he finished behind David Rudisha at the 2012 London Olympic Games where the latter set the world 800m record of 1:40.91. The two-time world medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina will also be fighting for the top honors.

European U20 record holder Max Burgin from Britain will be making his return to Ostrava Golden Spike after suffering an injury that has kept him away from active racing. The 20 year-old set his record of 1:44.14 at this meeting last year.