- 23-year-old from Edmonton sets a time of 1:44.28.
- Canada’s Marco Arop celebrates after grabbing bronze in the men’s 800-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.
Marco Arop has become only the second Canadian man in history to get a medal in the 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships.
With roaring fans at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Arop powered his six-foot-four structure to the finish line in a time of 1:44.28 to succeed in bronze.
The 23-year-old from Edmonton draped himself in a Canadian flag and couldn’t control flashing his signature smile as he wallowed in the joys from the fans.
He did a success lap around Hayward, stopping to take pictures, sign autographs and wave the flag at fanatics.
“That was great, certainly worth the efforts, the ups and downs. All amazing; I’m thankful for every part of it. To come out with a bronze award is fantastic,” he told CBC Sports after the race.
Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir got gold at a time of 1:43.71. Algeria’s Djamel Sedjati ended second in a time of 1:44.14.
Before the race, as he was being introduced, Arop waved his hands in the air to hit the fans into a rage before the pistol sounded.
He got into a problem in the first hundred meters, almost stumbling up in the pack. But Arop states he relied on his experience at that point.
“It occurs all the time in this race. I knew that if I stayed peaceful, calm, and composed, I could race my race,” Arop said.
In the past, Arop has been most satisfied being a frontrunner — getting on of the pack early has been booming for him in his races.
Source – CBC News