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 ======================================================================= Finals 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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