Dickson Kipsang TUWEI (KEN)1st in HEAT 1 - 1:47.51
It was fine.
My plan was to qualify for tomorrow’s final. That was a good pace for me. I wanted to make sure to win this race to be sure about the final.
I feel it’s going to be tough.
[On who the strongest opponents are] My fellow Kenyan, the United States and also the Qatari.
I ran my season best in Kenya, at the national trials.
Mohamad AL-GARNI (QAT) - 2nd in HEAT 1 - 1:48.15
I’m very happy. I’m in the finals - that’s not easy. A bronze medal in the 1500 metres, now I’m in the finals, I’m very happy.
It was a very fast first lap, but I was just following the guys. I have confidence about my kick. I’m a great kicker. I kicked during the last 50 metres. I’m very happy.
Robby ANDREWS (USA) 1st in HEAT 2 - 1:48.76
It’s definitely a different type of racing that’s for sure, but I like it. It’s great competition, so I like it.
I need to stick to my race plan and keep it really close. It’s going to take a lot of heart.
David Mutinda MUTUA (KEN) – 2nd in HEAT 3 - 1:48.04
It’s OK but the heat is affecting me, but I hope tomorrow I can do well.
Amine EL MANAOUI (MAR) - 2nd in HEAT 2 - 1:48.83 (SB)
I’m very happy about the race. My objective was to reach the final, and now I’m there.
I was confident in my kick, and I kicked well in the last 100 metres.
I’m looking for a medal.
Anthony ROMANIW (CAN) - 6th in HEAT 2 - 1:49.26 PB
I was really happy to be here but I still think I could run faster. My training this year has been very on and off and maybe I just didn’t have a good gauge of how fit I was until today, and I left it out on the track.
Some guy making about the same move as me just clipped me. But, you have 16 feet moving around as fast as they can - it happens. I’m not going to go pointing fingers because that’s what the race is.
Casimir LOXSOM (USA) 1st in HEAT 3 - 1:46.91
I sat and waited for my opportunity and I took it. I knew what I could do and waited.
It’s a good field so I need to do the same thing in the finals run hard and keep them close.