And award for most entertaining presser is.. Men's 800 meters!


The men's 800 meters completely changed with the withdrawal of WR holder David Rudisha. Many expected Nijel Amos of Botswana to perform well, but, for many reasons, Nijel did not have a good day.

Kszczot-Bosse-BettA-WC17.JPGAdam Kzsczot, Pierre Amboise-Bosse, Kipyegon Bett, photo by

In this crazy 800 meters, Pierre Ambroise-Bosse, the French star, who has had more injuries and bad days than biblical character Jonah, put it together! In a modestly paced 800 meters, Pierre Ambroise Bosse took the lead after 600 meters, and he stayed in front. Check out the look on his face at the finish, he surprised himself, as if he were in a dream.

Adam Kzsczot, the multiple European champion and one of the finest racers in the world, gave Poland a silver medal. Youngster Kipyegon Bett took the bronze.

What followed though, was Adam and Pierre, who have raced against each other for half of their lives, telling stories, cracking each other up and talking about their upcoming night of bachannalia that, I believe, was about to ensue. Just a note here, again, Adam and Pierre, let us know next time, and we will find someone to pay bar tab and follow you two around with video diary!

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