BUDAPEST - In a thrilling display of middle-distance running, Canada's Marco Arop secured the gold medal in the men's 800m at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday night.
The race began at a subdued pace, with Kenya's Emmanuel Wanyonyi dictating the rhythm, completing the opening lap in 52.63 seconds. However, as the race entered its crucial phase, Arop made a decisive move. With 250 meters remaining, the Canadian showcased his strength and speed, overtaking Wanyonyi and maintaining his lead to clinch the title in 1:44.24.
Wanyonyi, who had set the pace early on, did well to hold on and secured the silver medal with a time of 1:44.53. The battle for the bronze was fiercely contested. In the dying moments of the race, British athlete Ben Pattison managed to claim the third podium spot in in 1:44.83.Spaniard Adrian Ben, missing out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, finished fourth in 1:44.87, just 0.04 seconds behind Pattison.