Texas A&M runner Donavan Brazier electrified the track and field community Friday night, running the fastest 800-meter dash in collegiate history.
Competing at the NCAA Track & Field championships, Brazier — a 19-year-old freshman — ran two laps around the track in 1 minute, 43.55 seconds. It broke the 50-year-old record of American track legend Jim Ryun and represents the eighth-fastest time in American history at that distance.
Brazier finished third at the SEC Championships in May in 1 minute, 46.19 seconds. Dropping about 2.5 seconds from his time over 800 meters at a world-class level sent track fans into a frenzy.
Wow! Good race! RT @aggietrk: Donavan Brazier's collegiate record 1:43.55 – splits: 24.13, 26.35 (50.48), 25.98 (1:16.46), 27.09 (1:43.55).
— Charone Williams (@CharoneTyrell) June 11, 2016
Brazier won the national championship in the event by almost a full second over Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride.
If you want to watch a video of Brazier’s blazing last lap, and listen to an announcer go bonkers over his finishing time, you can do so here.
For context, Nick Symmonds, largely considered the top 800-meter runner in the United States, holds a personal record of 1 minute, 42.95 seconds. Brazier’s time Friday would’ve helped him to an eighth-place finish at the 2012 London Olympics in what is considered the greatest 800-meter race of all-time.
Brazier may elect to compete at next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials, which will determine the country’s participants in each event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Congrats to Donavan Brazier on winning NCAA 800m title with a collegiate record. 1:43.55 ranks No. 8 all-time U.S. pic.twitter.com/A3oiUBp3Ns
— aggietrk (@aggietrk) June 11, 2016