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The 800m event 2002

The 800m event for 2002 saw a group of 5 Kenyan athletes make their presence felt on the International Race circuit, by winning the A and B events at a number of the European meetings through the season.

There were a few athletes who improved on their Personal Bests for the season, however the men at the top failed to move forward.

There was one athlete who went sub 1:43 who is showing true ability for the future in the Men’s race and that is Wilfred Bungei of Kenya, who lowered his PB to 1:42.34 closely followed by his compatriot William Yiampoy with 1:42.91.

Another ‘new athlete’ to emerge onto the scene was David Krummenacker of the USA. This athlete possesses a superb change of speed over the final 100m of a slower run race, he was however able to lower his PB to 1:43.92. We will be following his performances with interest in 2003.

Then the undoubted talent,Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia choose to work on his 400m speed. Yet, he was still able to post a time of 1:44.20.

On the Women’s side Jolande Ceplak showed much promise in the season and was the dominant athlete on the European circuit. Ceplak captured the World Indoor Record as well as winning The European Champs in Munich, and we hope that 2003 will see many great duels between the Big Three, Mutola, Ceplak and Stephanie Graf [Austria]

fastforward to 2007 > Ceplak the latest in a week of scandal
The Slovakian, Jolanda Ceplak, has been suspended after testing positive for EPO

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