August 14, 2017 Matthew Sonnenfeldt

Ajee Wilson Wins 800-Meter World Championship Bronze

Olympian Ajee Wilson, the national champion in the 800-meter, won the bronze medal in the event on the final day of the IAAF World Championships in London.

Wilson moved to the front of the pack early in the race, running alongside Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi. They completed the first lap in 57.98 and Wilson, 23, started to make her move on the back stretch.

Wilson began her kick but Niyonsaba refused to yield the inside track and as the two pushed the pace, defending Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa surged forward and easily pulled away from them both to win the gold in 1:55.16, a new personal best and the fastest time in the world this year.

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Niyonsaba finished second in 1:55.92 and Wilson captured bronze in 1:56.65. It is Wilson’s first medal at the world championships and the best time ever by an American in the event at the world championships.

Charlene Lipsey of the U.S. finished seventh with a time of 1:58.73.

With Wilson’s medal, the U.S. tied its best performance ever at the IAAF World Championships with a total of 28 medals, previously achieved in 2011.