We saw an excellent race over 800 metres at last year’s Boris Hanžeković Memorial, which drew a lot of attention in the British media due to the British 1-2-3 win (Rowden, Giles, Wightman).
This year, we might see an even better race in Zagreb and the meeting record of 1:44.05, held by one of the best 800m runners of all time Nijel Amos, could also be challenged. The event’s start list is really impressive.
Besides current world vice-champion and Tokyo Olympics finalist Amel Tuka, the field includes brilliant Kenyan runners Elias Ngeny and Michael Saruni, who is the African indoors record holder, both with their personal best under 1:44.0. There are also the strong British runners – Elliot Giles, Daniel Rowden, Thomas Randolph – who are counting on another 1-2-3 in Zagreb.
Excellent Australian runner Peter Bol, another Tokyo Olympics finalist.
As the pacemaker will lead the time for a meeting record attempt, we might easily see an 800m race under 1:44.0 for the first time in Zagreb.