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Kenya Government Declares full scale War on Doping

The Kenyan Government has moved in with speed on the fight against doping after the leniency by the World Athletics Council of not suspending the country from active athletics events.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, said the government wants the resources it deploys to the Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for testing, investigating and enforcement issues across the spectrum be used in taking decisive action against doping.

The Cabinet Secretary who was addressing the media at the at Maktaba House on Thursday, thanked the World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit for allowing Kenya the chance to freely race and participate in international events.

“We want to bring in all the stake holders that include the public, athletes, coaches, agents, managers and athletes’ managements to fight this war which we will win by all means. We will also partner with investigative and Judicial agencies, so that they can prosecute and jail the culprits. This a war we must win and we will,” said Ababu.

Accompanied the CS during the presser were Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, Athletes Representative, Milcah Chemos with athletes Mary Moraa, Maximillla Imali and Dan Kiviasi.

This announcement follows what the World Athletics said yesterday that they have let Kenya be but they will be closely watching the country.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Sebastian Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop”.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

Russia reinstatement at this month’s World Athletics Council meeting unlikely

Yuri Borzakovsky, sports director of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), has expressed the hope that his organisation will be re-admitted to international competition by World Athletics at its Council meeting from November 29 to 30.

The RusAF was stripped of its membership in November 2015 amid a high-profile doping scandal in Russian athletics.

In December of the same year, a taskforce, led by the Norwegian Rune Andersen, was created by World Athletics and has been monitoring the implementation of the RusAF recovery plan ever since.

This work has continued even after World Athletics ruled on March 1 that Russian and Belarusian athletes would be banned from competition “for the foreseeable future” in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

“It is not yet clear what will happen next,” Borzakovsy, the Athens 2004 Olympic 800m champion and former RusAF head coach, told Express-Sport newspaper.

“We are talking about restoring the membership of our federation in World Athletics.

“This issue will be considered at the Council meeting at the end of the month.

“I really hope that we will return to our big Olympic family.”

Asked by insidethegames for a statement, World Athletics responded: “The chair of the Russia Taskforce, Rune Andersen, will report on the progress of the reinstatement process at the World Athletics Council meeting on November 29-30 as usual.

“The Council will discuss the recommendations in his report as usual and any decisions will be announced at the press conference after the meeting.”

Yuri Borzakovsky hopes the ban on Russian competitors will be lifted at this month’s World Athletics meeting ©Getty Images

It is understood, however, that while the reinstatement process may be making steady headway, a restoration of the RusAF will not be possible while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine persists.

“It’s hard for the guys, you won’t envy them here, because they can’t realise themselves on the world stage,” Borzakovsky added.

“They were allowed to compete only in a neutral status, their last big performance was in Tokyo in 2021 at the Olympic Games, before this started at the World Championships.

“Yes, in a neutral status they compete without a flag, but everyone knows perfectly well what country they are from, everyone knows that they are Russians.

“Athletes already live in these realities, it is still difficult for athletes of other sports to accept such conditions.

“In any case, you need to continue to train, compete, while inside the country, and if possible, then abroad.

“At the same time, you need to be ready to go out at any time to the international arena and show yourself.

“It will all depend on whether the membership of our federation is restored or not.”

“The world is horrified by what Russia has done, aided and abetted by Belarus,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said when athletes from the two countries were banned ©Getty Images

While some Russian competitors were previously able to compete internationally as Authorised Neutral Athletes, having undergone statutory anti-doping tests, even they were precluded from international competition by World Athletics on March 1 because of the war in Ukraine.

World Athletics’ stance in is line with a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee and mirrored across most international sport.

“The world is horrified by what Russia has done, aided and abetted by Belarus,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said in March.

“World leaders sought to avoid this invasion through diplomatic means but to no avail given Russia’s unswerving intention to invade Ukraine.

“The unprecedented sanctions that are being imposed on Russia and Belarus by countries and industries all over the world appear to be the only peaceful way to disrupt and disable Russia’s current intentions and restore peace.

“Anyone who knows me will understand that imposing sanctions on athletes because of the actions of their Government goes against the grain.

“This is different as Governments, businesses and other international organisations have imposed sanctions and measures against Russia across all sectors.

“Sport has to step up and join these efforts to end this war and restore peace.

“We cannot and should not sit this one out.”

World Athletics Launches Champions for A Better World

World Athletics has announced its inaugural group of ‘Champions for a Better World’ to lend their voices to sustainability campaigning within the sport.

Under the organisation’s Athletics for a Better World initiative, the Champions for a Better World will advocate for more sustainable practices across athletics and encourage other athletes to take a more active role in addressing their environmental concerns.

The announcement comes as world leaders prepare to gather at the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference and alongside compelling new data, which reveals that more than 76% of athletes are seriously concerned or very concerned about climate change, with over 66% feeling impacted directly by its effects.

Seven in ten (72%) believe climate change has already impacted athletics directly. Finally, 90% said that World Athletics does have a role to play in addressing sustainability in the sport. The survey was carried out at four different World Athletics championship events in 2022, with 737 athletes across 122 countries giving responses.

The nine Champions for a Better World hail from Brazil, Australia, the USA, the Philippines, Burkina Faso, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and Nigeria, and compete in events across the athletics landscape.

The athletes have been recruited to support World Athletics’ efforts to reduce the sport’s environmental impact in alignment with the World Athletics Sustainability Strategy.

The strategy aims to make the organisation carbon neutral by 2030 and to provide a pathway for member federations and licensed competitions to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

The strategy also encourages athletes to take a more active role in promoting sustainability and aims to provide support to have their voices heard.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “It’s clear that an overwhelming majority of our athletes are very concerned about the impacts that climate change is having on their lives and on our sport.

It’s critical for us to act on those concerns, to put practical applications in place where we can, and to drive the sport forward with the advocacy and the high-profile voices that athletes can bring.”

The Champions for a Better World initiative follows a string of actions by World Athletics to raise awareness about the effects of environmental change on the sport.

Earlier this year the organisation launched its powerful Every Breath Counts campaign, which urged people around the world to sign a Declaration for Clean Air. In a recent athlete survey, more than 70% of athletes expressed their concerns about air pollution.

In addition to highlighting concerns that athletes have about climate change, the results show an overwhelming appetite for change among athletes, with more than 77% of respondents saying they are willing to change their lifestyle to reduce the damage their activities cause to the environment. 84% said they already recycled frequently, while 71% claimed they mostly avoided using single-use plastic.

The inaugural Champions for a Better World:

  • Tobi Amusan, Nigeria – 100m hurdles – world record holder, 2022 world champion
  • Kelsey-Lee Barber, Australia – javelin – 2019 and 2022 world champion
  • Ajla Del Ponte, Switzerland – sprints – 2021 European indoor 60m champion, 2022 Olympic 100m finalist
  • Alison Dos Santos, Brazil – 400m hurdles – 2022 world champion, 2021 Olympic bronze medallist
  • Sam Mattis, USA – discus – 2021 Olympic and 2022 World Championships finalist
  • Eliza McCartney, New Zealand – pole vault – 2016 Olympic bronze medallist
  • Ernest John Obiena, Philippines – pole vault – 2022 world bronze medallist
  • Elena Vallortigara, Italy – high jump – 2022 world bronze medallist
  • Hugues Fabrice Zango, Burkina Faso – triple jump – world indoor record-holder, 2022 world silver medallist, 2021 Olympic bronze medallist

 

Alison Dos Santos, Brazil’s 400m hurdles world champion and 2021 Olympic bronze medallist, said: “As athletes, we have the important mission of raising awareness about the need to take care of the environment, both at a social and economic level.

We [athletes] nowadays have a precious platform to speak to the people who follow the sport and raise awareness. Being able to influence others is very gratifying to me. I am very happy and enthusiastic about embracing this challenge.”

New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney, 2016 Olympic pole vault bronze medallist, said: “We can see that climate change is already affecting sport. We have seen extreme temperatures, extreme storm events, and air pollution.

All of these things are very obvious in athletics, that you can see the change and how it’s affecting the training and competition of athletes. So it’s critical for us to step up and have our voices heard and say what we think needs to be done and be part of the solutions.”

Elena Vallortigara from Italy, 2022 world bronze medallist in the high jump, said: “The life of an athlete is anything but moderate. We travel a lot, need to change our gear often because it soon [loses its performance], and so on. I think becoming more aware and paying more attention to our choices is very important.

Kelsey-Lee Barber, Australia’s two-time world champion in the javelin, said: “Athletics is a big community. And as a community, we have a duty to one another to help educate and take action on matters of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

As an athlete, my goal in sport is not only about my personal success. A big part of my why is to encourage others, be a role model, and to lead by example.”

Sam Mattis, USA’s world and Olympic discus finalist, said: “Sport can be a powerful force for good, and through sustainability and justice initiatives we can set a powerful example for the world to follow. Change doesn’t happen without each and every one of us. Change won’t happen until all of us come together and demand it.”

Ernest John Obiena from the Philippines, the 2022 world bronze medallist in the pole vault, said: “The power of sport is truly immense.

We have a huge following and a big influence on society and I truly believe we should capitalise on this to make sure that people are informed across the world about the current issues and solutions that we have.”

Video messages from each athlete will be shared on World Athletics’ social media channels over the next two weeks.

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World Athletics acts on suspected systematic cheating in results

World Athletics on Friday acted against the suspected systematic cheating in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and age manipulation of athletes up to 20 years ago.

World Athletics said seven of its national members agreed to be on a “manipulation watch list” and results from lower-level meets in those countries will not now be accepted.

The countries on the list are Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkey, Uzbekistan. The move follows an investigation of “17 reports of suspicious competition results” at events to get qualifying standards for last year’s Olympics last year, World Athletics said.

“The integrity of our sport is our highest priority at World Athletics,” federation president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “Without it, we don’t have a sport.” World Athletics said the federations identified as risks were cooperating and individual officials were not under suspicion.

Countries sending larger teams to the Olympics can also send more officials and be in line for a bigger share of money from the IOC’s broadcasting and sponsorship income. A separate investigation into falsified ages of athletes at age-group championships has led to three medals being reallocated, World Athletics said.

Chinese athlete Shi Dongpeng was stripped of his silver medal in 110-meter hurdles at the 2002 world junior championships. Shi went on to compete at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but did not reach either final in his event. Saudi Arabian long jumper Ahmed Nezar H. Al-Sharfa was stripped of a bronze medal from the 2003 world youth championships.

The country’s men’s medley relay team was also disqualified from the 2005 world youth championships. Upgraded medals in those events will be awarded to athletes from the Bahamas, Jamaica and South Africa, World Athletics said.

The stripped medals were among 11 cases at championships held between 2001 and 2013 that were investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit. Nine were overage athletes with falsified entries, including five from Saudi Arabia, and two underage athletes.

“While this step has corrected some historic wrongs, age manipulation continues to be a concern in athletics, and the AIU is actively investigating more recent allegations of this nature,” AIU chairman David Howman said.

 

Source: japantoday.com

World Indoors postponed to 2025

World Athletics Council has decided to postpone the World Athletics Indoor Championships that was to be held in Nanjing,  in 2023 to 2025 due to the pandemic restrictions in China.

The WA council has postponed it for third time because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place in 2025, 40 years after the inaugural edition in Paris.

The championships were scheduled to take place in 2020 but were pushed back to 2021 and then 2023. They will now occur five years after the initial date.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the early decision was “to give certainty to athletes and member federations preparing for the 2023 competition season.”

“Unfortunately, the time frame will prevent us from relocating the 2023 event,” Coe said, “but the indoor championships will return in 2024 in Glasgow.”

Jake Wightman has become the Commonwealth Games poster-boy aiming for golden hat-trick

Nearly-man Jake Wightman has assumed poster-boy status for these Commonwealth Games and he cannot believe it.

Born 50 miles up the road in Nottingham, the identical twin was an athletics page boy – but never the groom – until a month ago.

In the space of 24 incredible days, the Edinburgh-based 1,500 metres star took a huge leap from collecting minor medals in championships. He became British champion for the first time then flew to the United States and stunned the sport by landing the world title – as dad and coach Geoff provided the stadium commentary.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Wightman, Britain’s first 1,500m world champion since Steve Cram in 1983. “And pretty cool, because my Commonwealth and European bronze medals from 2018 were getting a bit extinct.

“I’m glad I’ve been able to refresh my CV and my dad can actually announce me as something else.”

So impressed was middle-distance legend Sebastian Coe that he believes there is “no reason” Wightman can’t complete a golden hat-trick – here in Birmingham and then at next month’s European Championships.

“Jake will know he has that opportunity,” said Coe of an athlete who has leapfrogged all the 1980s greats to No.3 in the all-time British rankings. “You have to say, putting the kiss of death on it, he has done the hardest one first.

“What Jake achieved in Eugene is a huge deal for British athletics. Absolutely massive. It’s great for him but I think the impact it will have psychologically on a lot of other really good middle-distance runners that we also have will be massive.

“Somebody needed to win something and Jake’s done that. I think that will give permission for the current generation to feel more emboldened in the championship arena.

“The next generation coming through have a role model now.”

Wightman, 28, intends to embrace the responsibility, starting here where he wears the Scottish vest, adding: “I hope I can be a lightning rod for others. “British and Scottish athletics is in such a good place at the moment.

“There’s a lot of people who should be pretty proud at what they did to set the ball rolling. And it’s not finished rolling yet.

“There’s more athletes coming through that will be able to hopefully be as good as this in the coming years.”

Scottish athletics is particularly strong coming into these Games with Laura Muir having delivered one of the most eye-catching performances in Eugene to take women’s 1,500m bronze.

Josh Kerr, Olympic 1,500m bronze medallist, was fifth behind Wightman while Eilish McColgan has broken three British records this year

Wilson Kipketer earns revenge on Nils Schumann to win 800m title

By the time Wilson Kipketer toed the line for Denmark at the 2002 European Athletics Championships in Munich’s Olympic Stadium his place in athletics history was already assured as a world record-holder and three-time world champion in the 800 metres.

But he still had a score to settle with Nils Schumann from Germany as well as with the European Athletics Championships, a stage which had not served Kipketer well over the years.

The Kenyan-born runner, talent-spotted by double Olympic champion Kip Keino and directed to the coaching of Father Colm O’Connell – who would later coach the Kenyan who currently holds the world 800m record David Rudisha – had achieved all his main career goals in the colours of Denmark.

The link occurred when Kipketer travelled to this Scandinavian country in 1990 as a foreign exchange student, studying electronic engineering, and liked it so much that he applied for Danish citizenship. However, his transfer was not in time for Kipketer to compete at the Helsinki 1994 European Athletics Championships where he would have been a significant favourite.

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Kipketer seizes his chance in Gothenburg

In 1995, wearing Danish colours, he won the first of his three world titles in Gothenburg. But he was not yet a full Danish citizen and was thus unable to compete in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He remained unbeaten throughout that year, setting a personal best in Rieti of 1:41.83 – just a tenth of a second off Sebastian Coe’s 1981 world and European record – and beating all three Olympic medallists from Atlanta in the process.

In 1997 Kipketer’s graceful running reached sublime heights as he floated to consecutive world indoor records at the World Indoor Championships in Paris, smashing Paul Ereng’s mark of 1:44:84 with a time of 1:43.96 in the heats, and then taking more than a second off that mark as he ran 1:42.67. That mark still stands – and looks set to stand for the foreseeable – some 25 years later.

On 7 July Kipketer equalled Coe’s world record in Stockholm, and a month later successfully defended his world title, leading from start to finish in Athens. On 13 August, in Zurich, he claimed the world record for himself, running 1:41.24, and 11 days later he lowered that mark to 1:41.11 in Cologne.

In 1998 Kipketer contracted malaria and initially planned to miss the season, but he recovered sufficiently to contest the European title in Budapest. He reached the final but three races in quick succession proved too much at this point of his recovery and he faded out of the medal positions after Schumann, en route to victory, had bustled past him in the home straight.

“My defeat in Budapest at the European Championships was a shock. I came eighth in 1:51 and I couldn’t understand. Had I just run badly or were my opponents better or was I ill? Again I had to start again from zero. Everyone was running away from me, and I had to rebuild again.

“But it was by coming back a second time that I found my new inner strength and motivation, and my World Championships win in 1999 was the result,” reflected Kipketer in the ensuing years.

The opportunity to run at the Olympics, so tantalisingly close in 1996, arrived in 2000 as he contested the Sydney Games. But once again he met Schumann in inspired form. The German won his semifinal in a personal best of 1:44.22 and prevailed in the final as the fast-finishing Kipketer ran out of track at the end to earn silver, 0.06 adrift of the title.

One last hurrah in Munich

If Olympic gold was to prove beyond him, then the Munich 2002 European Athletics Championships offered him the chance of claiming the title he had missed out on in Budapest four years earlier. His chances were also heightened in the absence of Russia’s soon-to-be Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy, almost one decade the Dane’s junior, who surprisingly opted to contest the 400m instead.

And Kipketer, 29, made it clear he meant business as he qualified fastest for the final in 1:46.56, with Schumann winning the other semifinal in 1:48.01.

The final was slow and tactical. But on this occasion Kipketer, whose calculations had gone astray at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, got it right and came home in 1:47.25 courtesy of a last 200 metres of 25.38.

In second place was Switzerland’s reigning world champion Andre Bucher, who clocked 1:47.43, with his long-time nemesis Schumann having to settle for bronze on this occasion with 1:47.60.

Munich had offered Kipketer the opportunity to win what proved to be the last gold medal of his career although he did go on to win a bronze at the 2004 Olympics before announcing his retirement the following season, thus allowing a new 800m champion to be anointed the following year in Gothenburg.

“I am so happy to come back in winning-mode after so many problems. This first European gold medal is for me a great satisfaction.  The first lap was very slow as I expected so I kicked 200 metres before the line and controlled it,” said Kipketer.

Kipketer became only the second Dane to win a European title on the track, following in the footsteps of Niels Holst Sørensen who won 400m gold and 800m silver at the 1946 European Athletics Championships.

Following in Kipketer’s footsteps

A third Danish gold medal came on the track at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam where the now-retired Sara Slott Pedersen became the first Danish woman to win a European title with gold in the 400m hurdles.

And while Denmark might not have too many surefire medal prospects in Munich two decades after Kipketer won 800m gold in the same stadium, it is not an exaggeration to say that athletics in Denmark has seldom been in better health.

Danish national records have tumbled on the track and on the in-field this summer. There will be particularly keen interest in their men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams who both qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last summer (the Danish men even reached the Olympic final in the Japanese capital) and in the progress of Ida Karstoft in the 200m who has improved from 23.39 to 22.67 this year.

And the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships will also provide us with our first glimpse of 17-year-old Axel Vang Christensen on the senior stage. The reigning European U20 cross country champion broke one of the longest-standing European U20 records on the books with 8:29.12 in the 3000m steeplechase in June.

Source: european-athletics.com

World half-marathon cancelled

The World Athletics (WA) has cancelled the World Half-Marathon Championships that was to be held in China due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, said on Tuesday it was “no fault” of local organizers in China that the event could not be held in Yangzhou in November.

The city will, instead, be given the rebranded world road running championships in 2027.

“The (World Athletics) council’s decision to award another event to Yangzhou in 2027 indicates its faith in the organizing committee and willingness to return and stage a World Athletics Series road running event there at the first available opportunity,” Coe said.

This year’s event was due to be the last before the championships are renamed the world road running championships, with the addition of five-kilometre races and mass-participation events alongside the elite competitions.

World Athletics may bar transgender women from female competition

The World Athletics president, Sebastian Coe, has hailed swimming’s decision to ban transgender women from elite female competition as in “the best interests of its sport” – and hinted that track and field could soon follow suit.

Lord Coe was in Budapest on Sunday as swimming’s governing body, Fina, voted to bar from women’s events trans athletes who have experienced any part of male puberty. Within 24 hours he announced that the World Athletics council would also be reviewing its transgender and DSD (differences in sex development) athletes policies at the end of the year.

“My responsibility is to protect the integrity of women’s sport. We take that very seriously and, if it means that we have to make adjustments to protocols going forward, we will,” Coe said. “And I’ve always made it clear: if we ever get pushed into a corner to that point where we’re making a judgment about fairness or inclusion, I will always fall down on the side of fairness.”

Under World Athletics rules transgender women can compete in the female category provided they suppress their testosterone to below 5nmol/L for 12 months. That rule was also followed by Fina until Sunday, when it changed its regulations after scientific evidence showed trans women retain an advantage even after reducing testosterone.

When asked what he made of Fina’s new policy, Coe was clear. “We see an international federation asserting its primacy in setting rules, regulations and policies that are in the best interest of its sport,” he said. “This is as it should be. We have always believed, and repeated constantly, that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this.”

As things stand there are no elite‑level trans track and field athletes, although CeCé Telfer became the first openly transgender person to win an NCAA title in 2019 in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Any toughening of the rules will also affect DSD athletes such as the double Olympic and three-times world championship 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya, the 200m silver medallist from Tokyo 2020 Christine Mboma and Francine Niyonsaba, who won the women’s 5,000m Diamond League final last year.

DSD athletes – who have male testes but do not produce enough of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), critical for the formation of male external genitalia – have proved a hugely controversial area for athletics.

In 2019 World Athletics went to the court of arbitration for sport to stop DSD athletes running internationally at events between 400m and a mile, unless they take medication to reduce their testosterone levels. They can, however, run in other events. Cas ruled that 46 XY DSD athletes “enjoy a significant sporting advantage … over 46 XX athletes without such DSD” due to biology.

There has been a great deal of sympathy for athletes such as Semenya, who have been raised as women from a young age and want to compete as one, and any changes to World Athletics’ DSD policy would reignite the controversy.

When asked whether the governing body would consider adopting a similar policy to Fina, Coe said: “We have always said our regulations in this area are a living document, specific to our sport and we will follow the science.

“We continue to study, research and contribute to the growing body of evidence that testosterone is a key determinator in performance and have scheduled a discussion on our DSD and transgender regulations with our council at the end of the year.”

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.

LEADING RESULTS

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