Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Kenya’s Mary Moraa beats Athing Mu for 800m gold at Global Athletics Championships


On Sunday night time on the Global Athletics Championships in Budapest, Kenya’s Mary Moraa dethroned reigning international champion Athing Mu within the ladies’s 800m, storming previous the Olympic and international champ within the ultimate 200m to win gold in a blinding non-public best possible time of one:56.03.

Nice Britain’s Keely Hodginson snuck in at the back of Moraa for her moment consecutive silver-medal end at a global championship in 1:56:34, and Mu used to be compelled to accept bronze in 1:56:61. This race marked her first 800-metre loss since 2021.

Mary Moraa Athing Mu
Keely Hodgkinson, Mary Moraa and Athing Mu after the 800m ultimate on the 2023 Global Athletics Championships. Picture: Kevin Morris

Mu swept forward unchallenged throughout the get started of the race to take the lead, with a deep box of speedy athletes staying shut at the back of her. She led a phenomenally speedy first lap, Moraa and Hodginson each now not a long way at the back of with everybody apparently desperate to get at the podium. A couple of weeks in the past it used to be up within the air as as to whether Mu would seem in Budapest to protect her identify, together with her trainer, Bobby Kersee, sharing that she used to be bearing in mind coaching via the remainder of the season to focal point at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Mu attempted to carry the lead into the general lap, keen to go away her competition at the back of, however Hodginson and Moraa took over at the out of doors with 200m to head and into the house stretch. Mu, who have been edging over to the out of doors of lane one, used to be handed by way of Hodgkinson at the inside of.

Athing Mu
Athing Mu. Picture: Kevin Morris

“I got here right here for the win,” shared second-place Hodgkinson. “However, 3 silvers now, that’s consistency.” Hodgkinson didn’t really feel she can have performed anything else another way: “It used to be fast, that first part,” she stated of the 56-flat first 400 metres led by way of Mu. “The fastest I’ve ever long past.”

Moraa completed her race with a triumphant jump over the end line, and can head into subsequent yr’s Paris Olympics with added self belief. As for Mu, she’s having a look ahead to a holiday. “I’m OK with the place I’m at,” she instructed media post-race.

The 2023 Global Athletics Championships are going down from August 19-27 on the Nationwide Stadium in Budapest, Hungary. All of the motion shall be dropped at you by way of Canadian Operating and Asics Canada. Apply us on Twitter on Instagram for all issues Group Canada and up-to-date unique information and content material.

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