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Brazier’s DL 800m win earns him USATF Athlete of the Week honors


INDIANAPOLIS -- Donavan Brazier (Cadillac, Michigan) won the Diamond League men’s 800m final in Zurich to earn USATF Athlete of the Week for the second time this year.

In becoming the first American man to win a Diamond League title at 800m, Brazier narrowly missed breaking the American record with a stunning 1:42.70 come-from-behind victory over world-leading Nijel Amos. That time was only .1 seconds short of the 1:42.60 AR set in 1985 by Johnny Gray, and was the third-fastest time ever by a U.S. runner. Brazier settled in at the back of a very fast-moving pack through the first lap, passing 400m in 50.8, two seconds behind the leader. He made a strong move on the final curve and traversed the final 100m in 12.7 to pass Amos midway down the stretch. 

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Rai Benjamin — Benjamin ran the second-fastest 400m hurdles time in U.S. history with a 46.98 to take second in the Diamond League final at Zurich.

Sydney McLaughlin — McLaughlin upset world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad to win the Diamond League women’s 400m hurdles in a season-best 52.85.

Sam Kendricks — Kendricks won the Diamond League title in the men’s pole vault with a clutch third-attempt clearance at 5.93m/19-5.5.

Noah Lyles — Lyles was the men’s 100m winner at the Zurich Diamond League final in 9.98.

Chase Ealey — Ealey improved her PR and U.S. leader by one centimeter with a 19.68m/64-6.75 to place second in the women’s shot put at the Diamond League final at Zurich.

Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles; July 17, Florence Meiler; July 24, Matthew Boling; July 31, Dalilah Muhammad; August 7, Cory McGee; August 14, Kara Winger; August 21, Leonard Korir; August 28, Will Claye; September 4, Donavan Brazier.


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