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