Brandon Johnson wins Camel City Elite 800 going away in meet record 1:48.27

January 31, 2015

Earlier this week, 1:43 800 man Brandon Johnson told us his training had been going “awesome” and he backed that up in his first indoor race since 2012 today at the Camel City Elite Races in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as he won the men’s 800 going away in a new facility record of 1:48.27.

After rabbit Logan Roberts took the field through 400 in 53 (first 200 26 low to mid), former LSU runner Richard Jones, who actually was ahead of Roberts at 400, had the lead through 600 (400 was 53 low, 600 was 120/121 flat). Near the end of the next to last turn, Johnson took the lead and never looked back to get the convincing win. Former Minnesota runner Harun Abda (1:45.55 outdoors last year, #4 in U.S.) was second in 1:49.51 with Ryan Martin (1:45.65 outdoors last year, #5 in U.S.) third in 1:49.87. Tyler Mulder, who ran 1:44 in 2011, 2012 and 2013 but only 1:46.80 last year, was fourth in 1:49.99. Jones, who ran 1:44 in 2011 but only 1:47 in 2012, 13 and 14, faded to last in 1:54.43.

“I feel really good (about the race). I didn’t really have a strategy. I just wanted to come out here compete and be competitive and it all paid off – it was good,” said Johnson on the Runnerspace Pro broadcast after the race was over.

Event 39  Men 800 Meter Run Camel City E
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
  1 Johnson, Brandon             Nike                   1:48.27        
  2 Abda, Harun                  Nike Otc Elite         1:49.51        
  3 Martin, Ryan                 Asics                  1:49.87        
  4 Mulder, Tyler                Nike Otc Elite         1:50.00        
  5 Skinner, Dylan               Unattached             1:51.07        
  6 Wanliss, O'Neal              North Carolina         1:51.10        
  7 Grethen, Charles             Georgia                1:51.95        
  8 Owusu-Mensah, Prince         Virginia Tech          1:52.67        
  9 Jones, Richard               Unattached             1:54.43        
 -- Roberts, Logan               Unattached                 DNF   

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Screenshots from Runnerspace Pro broadcast every 200. Click on image for larger image.

Logan Roberts (r) and Richard Jones (l) at 200 Logan Roberts (r) and Richard Jones (l) at 200
Richard Jones leads at 400 Richard Jones leads at 400
Richard Jones leads at 600 Richard Jones leads at 600
Brandon Johnson wins Brandon Johnson wins
A happy Brandon Johnson A happy Brandon Johnson
A happy Brandon Johnson A happy Brandon Johnson

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