Donvan Brazier ran a very respectable 1:46.08 for 3rd today in Rome in his Diamond League debut. Last week he ran 1:46.01 for 3rd in Boston so this was a better run but two decent performances vs good fields.
He ran much faster 1:44.63 way back in April. Last year Brazier ran 1:45.9 in January, then never beat it until NCAAs where he dropped his 1:43.55.
Of course he then signed his pro contract and didn't make it out of the first round of the Trials.
What do you think happens this year? I think he is a step ahead of everyone else in the US except for Clayton Murphy who is couple steps ahead of Brazier.
Brazier and Murphy make the team as far as I can tell. No one else who is a proven 1:44 runner is healthy right now in the US. Berian hasn't race all year. Guys like Harris or Windle could take a step up but as for now I think Brazier has some room for error. Be interesting to see how he handles pressure of USAs this year.
800 Metres - Men
1 Kszczot , Adam POL 1:45.96 8
2 Bett , Kipyegon KEN 1:46.00 7
3 Brazier , Donavan USA 1:46.08 6
4 Manangoi , Elijah Motonei KEN 1:46.22 5
5 Lewandowski , Marcin POL 1:46.51 4
6 McBride , Brandon CAN 1:46.69 3
7 Kipketer , Alfred KEN 1:46.85 2
8 Kipkoech , Nicholas Kiplangat KEN 1:47.09 1
9 Bube , Andreas DEN 1:47.33
10 Rotich , Ferguson Cheruiyot KEN 1:48.07
11 Amos , Nijel BOT 1:48.49
12 Kinyor , Job Koech KEN 1:49.73