ritain’s Elliot Giles ran the second-fastest indoor 800m in history to obliterate the British record in Torun.
Giles’ run of 1:43.63 took well over a second of Sebastian Coe’s national record, which had stood since 1983, with fellow Brit Jamie Webb also running inside the previous record to finish second in 1:44.54.
Only Wilson Kipketer has ever run faster than Giles indoors, the Dane having set the world record of 1:42.67 in winning gold at the 1997 World Indoor Championships.
Giles had already been enjoying a superb indoor season, with back-to-back wins over 800m on the World Indoor Tour, and successive personal bests over 1500m.
But Wednesday evening’s win over a high-class field was on another level and marks the 26-year-old out as favourite for gold at the European Indoor Championships on the same track next month – not to mention an Olympic contender come the summer.
“I’m still trying to process what even just happened,” Giles said. “It really does feel like a blur. I can’t believe I just ran 1:43 indoors. I can’t put into words right now how it feels. I’m so overwhelmed by it all. Oh man. It feels like I’m on cloud nine.”