Moraa runs sub-two personal best at National Trials

Moraa runs sub-two personal best at National Trials

Youngster Mary Moraa produced a dazzling run to set a new Personal best time as she won the women’s 800m at the National Trials for the Commonwealth Games and World Championship. Moraa clocked a new personal best time of 1min, 57.45secs.

Mary Moraa

Youngster Mary Moraa produced a dazzling run to set a new Personal best time as she won the women’s 800m at the National Trials for the Commonwealth Games and World Championship. Moraa clocked a new personal best time of 1min, 57.45secs.

Moraa’s Personal Best time was 1min, 58.93secs set last month at the Rabat leg of the World Athletics Diamond League.

The 22-year old edged out Faith Kipyegon, who was stepping down a distance lower from her preferred 800m. Kipyegon also clocked sub-two time, with the double Olympic champion timing 1min, 58.18secs while Jarinter Mawia was third in 2mins, 00.36secs.

Moraa held a steady lead from gun to tape and outsprinted double Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon who was running in the speed test two-lap race.

“I was really motivated from the start but I didn’t know I could run my personal best. To do this in such high altitude gives me a lot of confidence and hopefully I can carry it to the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. I will do my best,” she said.

Kipyegon meanwhile is tempted to double in both the 1500m and 800m. She has a wild card in the World Championships being a Diamond League champion, and can still compete at the Commonwealth Games in 800m if she wishes.

“We are still discussing with my coaches to see whether I can double. I am concentrating on 1500m however but if I feel I can do both then why not?” posed Kipyegon.

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