In Summary

  • The overall winner was Ireland’s Cathal Dennehy who clocked an amazing one minute, 54.42 seconds which would have been a national record in East Timor or El Salvador.

At every World Championships since the 2001 edition in Edmonton, Canada, organisers usually set aside a free morning for a media 800 metres race.

This traditional race amongst journalists covering the championships is basically so that they can have a feel of the competition track and conditions at the championship venue.

“Since Edmonton, the media race has really helped create good working relations between media and event organisers,” London 2017 press chief Jayne Pierce explained on Friday as we took a look at the results.

Never mind the fact that there was a ‘DNF’ (Did Not Finish) next to my name on the results sheet. This was because I withdrew, largely due to a recurring injury, but partly to avoid the indignity of being lapped by fellow colleagues who ran like championship athletes.

The overall winner was Ireland’s Cathal Dennehy who clocked an amazing one minute, 54.42 seconds which would have been a national record in East Timor or El Salvador.

One of my colleagues, Evelyne Watta, was a star in this race at the 2013 championships while another, athletics guru Mutwiri Mutuota, currently the chief scribe on SportPesa’s digital platforms, failed to start at several previous championships – save for the Daegu edition in 2011 - for fear of the strict World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) post-competition tests.

Because miraa (khat), which Mutuota, coming from Meru, naturally partakes of, contains cathine, a stimulant that’s on the list of Wada’s banned substances.

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