The 27-year-old has once again broken the world 800 men’s he set himself 4 years ago in London. David Rudisha ran 1:40.91 to break the world record. It was the only time in history a human being has broken 1:41.
Before his heat, this years’ race was thought to much more open, which makes a normally chaotic event even harder to predict.
Alongside Rudisha (who remains the favorite), there is also a 19-year-old phenomenon Alfred Kipketer, the 2014 World Junior champ who beat Rudisha to win the Kenyan Trials. There’s Poland’s two-time defending European champion Adam Kszczot, who took silver behind Rudisha in Beijing last year. There’s last year’s fourth placer, Ferguson Rotich, who also beat Rudisha at the Kenyan Trials. There’s France’s Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, winner of two Diamond League events this year. There’s Canada’s Brandon McBride, who has flourished since finishing as the NCAA runner-up to Donavan Brazier in June. There’s 2012 Olympic 1500 champ Taoufik Makhloufi. And yes, there are Americans Clayton Murphy and Boris Berian, both of whom are legit threats to earn the first U.S. medal in this event since 1992 — before either of them were even born.