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Team USA Dominates Men’s 800 Meters at Sainsbury Games in London

July 29, 2013 at 1:15pm EST | by NYRR staff

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.

Solomon, who finished in 1:44.12, led the entire race; Symmonds ran on his shoulder until the final straightaway, where he kicked past Solomon to win. “No one else in the field ever showed any indication that they might challenge for the win,” reported Letsrun.com. Finishing third was Brandon Johnson, who also took third at nationals and will join Symmonds and Solomon next month at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

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 Sainsbury Anniversary Games also marked a major moment for teen phenom Mary Cain, who made her European professional debut with a fifth-place finish in the 1500 meters.

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.”
 

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