Marco Arop wins bronze for first career world championship medal in 800m

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Marco Arop wins bronze for first career world championship medal in 800m

EUGENE, Ore. — Marco Arop earned his first world championship medal with a bronze in the men’s 800-metre final on Saturday at the world track and field championships.

The Edmonton native finished with a time of one minute 44.28 seconds.

Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir won gold with a season-best performance of 1: 43.71. Algerian Djamel Sedjati grabbed silver crossing the line in 1: 44.14.

The 23-year-old Arop is just the second Canadian man to ever medal in the race at worlds. Gary Reed won silver in 2007 in Osaka, Japan.

Arop ran the third-fastest time in the world this season three weeks ago at the Pre World Invitational Championships.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2022.

The Canadian Press