The second place finisher, 18 year old Nijel Amos from Botswana, established a world junior record of 1:41.73 and tied for the 3rd fastest 800 meter runner ever with Sebastian Coe. In total, there were three national records set, and seven out of the eight runners recorded personal best times…the other had a seasonal best. Five runners ran under 1:43 and all ran under 1:44. For an old 1:54 half-miler from the 60’s…this was spectacular racing.
My favorite moment came in the longest of the track events…the men’s 10,000 meter. The sight of pure joy on Galen Rupp’s face a yard or two from the finish when he mouthed the word “Mo” will always remain at the top of the list. Even while doing what most thought was impossible…winning an Olympic medal for the USA…the sight of watching his training partner’s dream come true overwhelmed his own accomplishments at that moment.
Would like to hear about your favorite moments.