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Dave Hunter

Dave HunterDave Hunter is a track & field journalist, announcer, and broadcaster.  Dave reports on the premier track & field gatherings around the globe, frequently serves as an arena or stadium announcer for championship events, and has undertaken foreign and domestic broadcast assignments in the sport.

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Having posted a sizzling April world-leading time of 1:43.88 , Duane Solomon – 6th place finisher in last summer's world championship 800 meter final – was expected to be a force in the men's 800.  He didn't disappoint.

Other than the absence of 5-time outdoor 800m titlist Nick Symmonds still sidelined with an indoor-sustained injury, the three-race road to the 800m crown showed no early surprises as the first round followed form.  In the semis, the 29-year old Solomon looked overpowering as he cruised his way to a speedy [1:45.16] and seemingly-effortless win with Brooks’ Casimir Loxsom riding Solomon’s wake and hanging on to finish second in 1:45.80.  Elijah Greer took the tactical second semi in 1:47.50.

The final – which began with Solomon pressing the pace –  was marred when a Charles Jock/Michael Rutt collision at the 250 meter mark sent Jock sprawling and impacted others.  "I heard something.  I wanted to look back and see what it was," Solomon explained afterwards.  "That's why I stay out of predicaments and just run from the front because anything can happen in the back."

While the bumping disturbed many, Solomon's dominance was the bigger factor.  With fallen and jostled runners behind him losing their focus, the former USC middle distance standout pushed onward, exhibited real strength on the final homestretch, and crossed the line unthreatened in 1:44.30 to successfully defend his 800m title.  Loxsom – also unaffected by Jock’s tumble – grabbed second in 1:45.97 while indoor 600m AR holder Erik Sowinski, sidestepped the first lap pile-up, kept his concentration intact, and snatched the final podium position in 1:46.94. 

Solomon – now with 4 indoor or outdoor 800m titles –  hit his ambitious planned splits.   “I hit them right on," the victor explained. "49 mid at the quarter, 1:15 at the 600, and then do what you have to do at the end.  I held on for the win and I felt good doing it."

Under questioning, Solomon did not second guess his front running style.  "I think my best way to race is run aggressively like this,” admitted Solomon who rode David Rudisha’s blistering pace in the ’12 Olympic 800m final to a 1:42.82 PR and a 4th place finish.  And with a smile, the #2 all-time U.S. 800m performer added, “If I run like this every race, I'll be hard to beat.”  When asked about his prospects of threatening Johnny Gray’s 1985 American 800m record of 1:42.60, the new champion was quick to add, “If I keep doing this, the record will come eventually." 

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