Sports

Giles runs second-fastest indoor 800m ever to smash Coe’s record

B

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.”


Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button