21 SEP 2002 General News

Men’s 800m

There is nothing like a home win to get any stadium crowd enthused and Spain’s Antonio Manuel Reina’s 1:43.83 World Cup record victory, ahead of Algeria’s Djabir Said-Guerni (Africa) 1:44.03, USA’s David Krummenacker 1:45.14, Swiss World Champion Andre Bucher (Europe) 1:45.31, and Olympic champion Nils Schumann (Germany) 1:45.34 respectively, certainly provided a quality uplift to the second and final day of the 9th IAAF World Cup in Athletics.

Brazil’s Osmar Dos Santos (Americas) – eventually 6th 1:46.01 – took the race to the bell and was followed and passed by Said-Guerni down the home straight with Bucher in close pursuit. It was then that Reina made his move and with 200m to go he was contesting the lead and was side by side with the African coming into the final 100 metres. The Spaniard edged past and just when it seemed that Said-Guerni would respond, his legs buckled and Reina progressed emphatically through the line to a tremendous winning ovation from the spectators.