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RE: Sub 1:50 800m Training
If you are running for time the best splits are about 49%/51% with the majority of the slowdown in the last 200m. Borzakovskiy wins not because of his tactics but because of his superior athletic ability. I do agree that many 800m races at the highest level go out too fast(sub 24 or sub 50), and when they do, it is people like Yuriy that benefit. It is a risky strategy however, and if you underestimate an opponent, as Nick Symmonds did here.

KD 51/53
Symmonds 53/52

But at Prefontaine it paid off for him in a big way so it does work.

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