19 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Women’s 800m preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Anita Hinriksdottir winning the 800m at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships (Getty Images)Anita Hinriksdottir winning the 800m at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright

The two-lap list is led by phenomenal Sahily Diago, of the strong Cuban team. Diago’s Area junior record of 1:57.74, set in Havana in May, is the second fastest time in 2014 by any female athlete regardless of age.

Diago, who now stands ninth on the junior all-time list, has also proved that it was no fluke by a series of solid performances on the international circuit and she is possibly one of the hottest favourites for any event in Eugene.

Ethiopia’s Zeyituna Mohammed is the next-fastest entered at 2:01.55, a mark set at altitude in Addis Ababa. Australia’s Georgia Wassall at 2:01.78 and Iceland’s Anita Hinriksdottir, who was fourth in Barcelona 2012 and the 2013 world youth and European junior champion, could also be part for what is perceived to be a battle for the minor medals behind Diago

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Women's 800 Metres Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Ajee Wilson USA USA 12 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Elena Mirela Lavric 2:00.06 ROU ROU Bydgoszcz 11 JUL 2008

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Sahily Diago CUB CUB 1:57.74
2 Jessica Judd GBR GBR 1:59.77
3 Margaret Nyairera Wambui KEN KEN 2:00.49
4 Aníta Hinriksdóttir ISL ISL 2:01.23
5 Mary Cain USA USA 2:01.67