With 200 meters to go, I’m in fantastic position. If I ever wanted to win a medal this is right where I would want to be. No one would be crazy enough to pass on the right side on the last turn, but that is what Lewandowski had to do to get into the hunt. It cost me my lane and cost me my whole race. I thought when he was coming up on my shoulder, "I've got to hold him off. I've got to hold him off"
To do so would have meant kicking from 150-160 meters out which also would have cost me the race. So it was kind of you're damned if you do,, you're damned if you don’t.”
I just prayed something would open up and nothing did so I had to stop and move out and you'll never make a podium doing that the last 100m.
You get bumped all the time in the800m.
I had the legs. I thought "Gosh My legs so good but I have no where to go." That's the most frustrating part, knowing you had it and you just didn't create the space for yourself.
"You spend all year dreaming of a medal. You don't dream of fifth place.. We haven't had a medal since 97 and with a nation with the talent we have it just makes me sick we're not getting medals.
David Rudisha is a fantastic runner. He has so many tools I don't have but he's human and anyone can win on any given day.... The last hour as i was lining up here I spent an hour thinking 'How do I beat Rudisha'"
Press conference with the medallists here: