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  • Solomon's 1:43.88

    in case you didn't see the stats posted to the front page yesterday, allow me to repeat them here:

    Did Duane Solomon's 1:43.88 at the Mt. SAC Relays seem like a very fast 800 mark for this time of year to you?

    It should: he's the first ever to break 1:44 in the month of April. The previous April Record was a 1:44.38 by WR holder David Rudisha in ’08.

    Having said that, it should be noted that there have been a half-dozen 1:43s before April: 1 in January and 5 in March. Of those 6 marks, 4 were in the Southern Hemisphere and 2 were indoors, meaning that Solomon ran the first outdoor 1:43 before May.

    And it's also the fastest by a non-Kenyan-born runner before May, anywhere.

    The previous earliest that any American broke 1:44 was a 1:43.72 by Johnny Gray (coincidentally, Solomon's coach) in Seville, Spain, on May 30 of '92.

    (stats by Kevin Saylors)

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    Re: Solomon's 1:43.88

    I have always noticed that the 800 (880) was always a late-blooming events for Americans especially. Nothing seemed to rev up till late May at the earliest. So the obvious question is: is he peaking now, or will he continue to drop his times over the summer? My sense is that he has done a s***-load of work to get himself to this early level of excellence, but am skeptical there is a whole lot more. I desperately want that NOT to be true, but . . . we'll see. Living in the 42s, with scattered visits to the 41s? Please! (I mean that in both senses of the word!)

    Here's rooting for him!

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    • #3
      Re: Solomon's 1:43.88

      Also worth noting that Brandon McBride who finished 4th in 1:45.35 has a birthyear of 1994, not sure if he is still 19 or just turned 20. That moves him up to # 5 all-time Canadian and another few tenths this year will move him up to # 2, behind only Gary Reed!

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      • #4
        Re: Solomon's 1:43.88

        Originally posted by Marlow
        So the obvious question is: is he peaking now, or will he continue to drop his times over the summer?
        Solomon has the same coach (Gray) as he's always had. So I would expect him to continue to improve.

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        • #5
          Re: Solomon's 1:43.88

          DOB for McBride = June 15th, 1994.

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