Erik Sowinski Wins 2013 USA Indoor 800 Meters Title

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American Indoor 600 Record Holder Holds Off Fast Closing Robby Andrews

By LetsRun.com
March 3, 2013

Erik Sowinski‘s incredible 2013 indoor season ended in ideal fashion for him as the newly minted American 600 record holder was jut able to hold off a fast closing Robby Andrews to earn his first national title in 1:47.09 to Andrews’ 1:47.13.

Early on, Andrews put himself at the back of the six-man pack as he was 1.54 seconds behind early leader Joe Abbott at 200 (1.25 seconds behind Sowinski at 200). There actually was a visible 4-5 meter gap between the top 4 and 5th placer Mark Husted and Andrews at this point.

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Erik Sowinski set the American record in the 600m at Millrose.
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At the bell, Andrews was only in fifth and his last lap of 26.22 was by far the best of anyone in the field – it was more than 3/4th of a second better than Sowinski’s (26.99) – but not enough to give him the victory.

2012 Olympic Trials fifth placer Tyler Mulder ended up third in 1:47.43 as Olympic 1,500 4th placer Matt Centrowitz was fourth in 1:47.82.

LetsRun.com’s Quick Take #1: The come from behind style works well in college and is a great way to make a team, but it’s hard to win a pro 800 when you are next to last at 600.

Quick Take #2: Centro is just a little over-matched at 800. He was in a perfect spot at the bell – in second – but just didn’t have it over the last lap.

Men’s 800 Meter Run (Final)Heat 1 Splits

 

 PlaceAthlete Name200m400m600m800m
 1Erik Sowinski
Unattached
24.90
(2) 24.90
52.38
(2) 27.49
1:20.10
(1) 27.73
1:47.09
(1) 26.99
 2Robby Andrews
adidas
26.15
(6) 26.15
53.40
(6) 27.26
1:20.92
(5) 27.52
1:47.13
(2) 26.22
 3Tyler Mulder
Nike / Oregon TC Elite
25.34
(4) 25.34
52.76
(4) 27.42
1:20.39
(3) 27.63
1:47.43
(3) 27.04
 4Matthew Centrowitz
Nike
25.07
(3) 25.07
52.56
(3) 27.50
1:20.25
(2) 27.69
1:47.82
(4) 27.58
 5Mark Husted
Unattached
25.93
(5) 25.93
53.34
(5) 27.41
1:21.00
(6) 27.67
1:48.68
(5) 27.69
 6Joe Abbott
Unattached
24.61
(1) 24.61
52.22
(1) 27.62
1:20.54
(4) 28.32
1:51.27
(6) 30.73

 

More: For a recap of all of the day 2 mid-d and distance events, please see this:

2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Meet – Day 2 Mid-d and Distance Recap – Teen Phenoms Mary Cain & Ajee Wilson Win As Does Erik Sowinski and Will Leer *Full results here.

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