A. Wheating 2nd at London

2010 London Diamond League Results and Brief Recap

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On the distance side of things, the American record attempt by Bernard Lagat in the men's 3000m fizzled after erratic pacemaking. Lagat nonetheless got the win with his smooth kick in the final 100m in 7:40.36 over European 5k and 10k champMo Farah. American Galen Rupp was 5th in a 7:43.24 personal best.

In the men's 800m, Andrew Wheating (photo, left) put another claim down to being the best 800 and 1500m runner in America right now. He ran an aggressive race and was chasing Abubaker Kaki down the homestretch, finishing a very respectable second in a new personal best of 1:44.56. Nick Symmonds started the homestretch even with Wheating but finished well back in 3rd in 1:45.28.'













                                             
     

Men's 800m: Abubaker Kaki Dominates, Andrew Wheating Beats Nick Symmonds In European Pro Debut

Kaki said he wanted a fast pace and American Khadevis Robinson (now apparently a rabbit even though he can still run 1:44) dragged him through in 49.69. It was apparent Kaki just wanted the win and did not want to chase a 1:41 clocking like David Rudisha last Saturday. He was well out in front and reigning world champ Mbulaenia Mulaudzi chased but Kaki got the easy win.

We were about to say a Polish guy ran on the grass on  the home straight to pass guys and  finish 3rd, but the meet has come to its senses and DQed him (Marcin Lewandowski).

That means American Andrew Wheating is now fourth in his first European Diamond League meet. There were a bunch of guys off the pace and Wheating was in the back of them. But he closed better than fellow American Nick Symmonds and got his first sub-1:45 clocking. Symmonds can't like being the second best 800 runner in America, much less just the second best in Eugene.



1
SUD
1:43.50
6
3
 
2
RSA
1:44.11
8
2
 
3
NED
1:44.58
SB
1
7
 
4
USA
1:44.62
PB
 
 
 
5
KEN
1:44.62
 
 
 
6
USA
1:44.93
SB
2
4
 
7
KEN
1:45.61
SB
 
 
 
8
KEN
1:45.81
 
 
 
9
FRA
1:46.85



 



 
                                                    PARIS (July 16, 2010) — Fresh off of his record breaking season at the University of Oregon and his breakthrough performance in the mile at the Prefontaine Classic,  Andrew Wheating opened his first-ever European campaign in Paris, France with a personal best performance of 1:44.62 at 800m.

 

Competing against a world-class field including the 2009 World Champion at 800m - Mbulaeni Mulaudzi - and Abubaker Kaki who won the 1000m at Eugene’s Prefontaine Classic, Wheating finished an impressive fourth place with his trademark closing finish over the last 100m. His time of 1:44.62, took four-tenths of a second off his previous personal best, which dated back to his second-place finish at the 2008 US Olympic Trials. His time currently ranks him as the fastest American of 2010. He is also the fastest American Miler of 2010 with his mark of 3:51.74.

 
 






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