The Greatest Race at Worlds You Never Heard About: The Epic Pure Guts Media 800 with’s Jonathan Gault

September 11, 2017

There were a ton of great races at the 2017 World Track and Field ChampionshipsEmma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs went 1-2 in the steeple, Justin Gatlin shocked Usain Bolt in the 100, Usain Bolt pulled up lame in the 4×100, Faith Kipyegon won a great women’s 1500, and Phyllis Francis shocked Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the 400.

Different people are going to have a different favorite race. (NBC has its 10 favorite races here).

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But when it comes to the media 800, there’s no dispute what the most exciting race was. Heat 9 of the media’s 800m with’s Jonathan Gault and Belgium’s Bart Spruijt. In case you missed it on NBC, we’ll let you watch it below without knowing the results.

What an epic race.

Full results below.


Jon showed the heart of a champion and is negotiating for a bonus and endorsement deals as hurdling legend Allen Johnson interviewed him afterwards.

LRC’s Weldon Johnson talked to Jon after his race too and also with Ireland’s Cathal Dennehy who blasted a 1:54.54.

As for’s Weldon Johnson, the last quadrennium has not been kind to the LRC co-founder, who won his media race heat in Moscow in 2013 in 2:17, racing in pants. He raced in London in shorts and faded to his customary 4th place finish. Even in the 15th heat of the media 800m races, he could not make the podium.

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