Teenager Wanyonyi makes statement with blistering 800 at Kenyan trials

June 16, 2024 4:11 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Teenager Emmanuel Wanyonyi sprinted to the third fastest 800-metre time in history at the Kenyan Olympics Trials, setting a blistering statement barely a month before the Paris Games.

The 19-year-old clocked one minute 41.70 seconds, the quickest time since 2012 and less than a second off the world record of 1:40.91 set by fellow Kenyan David Rudisha in 1988.

Only Rudisha and Wilson Kipketer have gone faster than Wanyonyi did on Friday.

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Wanyonyi was the silver medallist at last year’s world championships in Budapest.