U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds posted his fastest time of the season to win the 800 meters at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games Diamond League in London on Friday, leading Team USA’s total domination of the race.
Symmonds crossed the line in 1:43.67, beating compatriot and rival Duane Solomon for the second straight time since the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where Solomon ended Symmonds’ winning streak of five consecutive national titles.
For Symmonds, the strong London performance had special meaning, as it was there, in the same stadium during the 2012 Summer Olympics, that he posted a personal-best 1:42.95 in the 800 meters—good enough for fifth place.
“I loved it,” Symmonds of his Sainsbury victory, according to Oregon’s Register-Guard. “It’s a very special moment for me to be racing back here and racing well.”
The 17-year-old ran a poor tactical race, according to some analysts, taking many of her turns in lane two, but she vowed to adjust her strategy and “get out harder and longer” in Moscow.
“You’re not always going to have a good race. I can learn from this now and regroup,” Cain said, according to Flotrack.com. “Now I know Moscow isn’t where I just walk into the final and get a medal.”
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg