In May, I made this bold prediction about Gary Reed possibly running 1:43-mid to lower his personal best and National record:
Let’s take Canada’s Gary Reed for example. His PB for a 400m is 46.72 from 2003. His PB for 800m is 1:43.93 from that magic Rieti meet in Italy 2006. Take his 400m time, add 5 seconds and multiply by 2 laps and you get 1:43.44.
According to my formula, Gary can still shave 0.5 seconds off his 800m PB!
At the Herculis Monaco Grand Prix, he ran 1:43.68 to set a new National Record.
Here are the results of the Men’s 800 Meters:
1 Borzakovskiy , Yuriy RUS 1:42.79
2 Kamel , Yusuf Saad BRN 1:42.79
3 Mulaudzi , Mbulaeni RSA 1:43.26
4 Reed , Gary CAN 1:43.68
5 Ismail , Ismail Ahmed SUD 1:44.34
6 Rimmer , Michael GBR 1:44.68
7 Lathouwers , Robert NED 1:44.75
8 Som , Bram NED 1:45.55
9 Czapiewski , Pawel POL 1:46.76
10 EtÃ¨s , Brice FRA 1:47.03
Tangui , Sammy KEN DNF
Heck, I’ll take a mid 1:43 PB and NR and come 4th any day! Hell, I’ll take last place!