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Top-20 All-Time Indoor 800m Performances: Hoppel Moves Up To No. 6

Following Bryce Hoppel’s season debut outstanding 1:44.37 performance to win the men’s 800m at Sunday’s American Track League Meeting #2 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, AR., we take a look at the Top-20 all-time indoor performances in the event.

Following Bryce Hoppel’s season debut outstanding 1:44.37 performance to win the men’s 800m at Sunday’s American Track League Meeting #2 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, AR., we take a look at the Top-20 all-time indoor performances in the event.

Big Jump Up The All-Time List

Hoppel improved his lifetime best significantly when he ran away from a star-studded field with a top-notch performance over the weekend that saw him moving up to No. 6 on the indoor 800m all-time list.

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Entering Sunday’s race, the 23-year-old American had an indoor personal best of 1:45.70, set when finishing second to countryman Donavan Brazier at the 2020 Millrose Games in New York.

Brazier, in that race, established a new American and area record of 1:44.22, which is ranked fifth all-time.

Topping the all-time 800m indoor performances is Kenyan-born-turned-Dane former middle-distance runner Wilson Kipketer, who set a 1:42.67 world record at the World Indoor Championships in Paris on March 9, 1997.

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The top-5 includes No.2 Michael Saruni of Kenya who ran 1:43.98 in 2019, while Russia’s Yuriy Borzakovskiy is No. 3 with 1:44.15 and No. 4 is Kenyan Emmanuel Korir at 1:44.21.

The top-10 is completed by performances by Ethiopian Mohamed Aman, Poland’s Adam Kszczot, Joseph Mutua of Kenya, and Sudan’s Ahmad Ismail.

Will we see a Brazier vs Hoppel head-to-head matchup again this indoor season?

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Better yet, will either athlete challenge the world record before the conclusion of the campaign?

800 m Men All-time List

  1. Wilson Kipketer 1:42.67 WR DEN 1997
  2. Michael Saruni 1:43.98 KEN 2019
  3. Yuriy Borzakovskiy 1:44.15 RUS 2001
  4. Emmanuel Korir 1:44.21 KEN 2018
  5. Donavan Brazier 1:44.22 USA 2020
  6. Bryce Hoppel 1:44.37 USA 2021
  7. Mohamed Aman 1:44.52 ETH 2014
  8. Adam Kszczot 1:44.57 POL 2012
  9. Joseph Mutua 1:44.71 KEN 2004
  10. Ahmad Ismail 1:44.75 SUD 2009
  11. Paweł Czapiewski 1:44.78 POL 2002
  12. Abubaker Kaki 1:44.81 SUD 2008
  13. Mehdi Baala 1:44.82 FRA 2003
  14. Paul Ereng 1:44.84 KEN 1989
  15. Nico Motchebon 1:44.88 GER 1995
  16. Sebastian Coe 1:44.91 GBR 1983
  17. Mbulaeni Mulaudzi 1:44.91 RSA 2008
  18. André Bucher 1:44.93 SUI 2002
  19. Wilfred Bungei 1:44.97 KEN 2003
  20. André Olivier 1:44.99 RSA 2014

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Glen Andrews is one of World-Track main writers for long distance and marathon running. Andrews, who competed in cross country during his High School and college years finds passion covering these events. He's also run a few marathons in his time, and still hopes to qualify for Boston.

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