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Will Sumner leads 800m field at NACAC U23 Championships 2023

USA's Will Sumner leads the men's 800m field at the NACAC U23 Championships 2023, and the NCAA champion will start as the favorite to win the gold medal.

Will Sumner of Georgia in the men's 800m race
Will Sumner of Georgia in the men's 800m race during the 2023 outdoor season

Reigning NCAA champion Will Sumner will be competing in the men’s 800m field at the NACAC U23 Championships 2023, in San José, Costa Rica, from 21-23 July. Sumner recently won the collegiate title in June with a personal best time of 1:44.26.

However, despite his success, he finished 5th at the USATF Outdoor Championships and did not qualify for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in August.

Sumner, who recently turned professional and signed with Adidas, will be joined by another American athlete, Sean Dolan from Villanova, who achieved a personal best time of 1:46.10 at the Harry Jerome Track Classic on 14 July.

Dolan is also considered a strong contender for a medal at the NACAC U23 Championships. Although Sumner did not qualify for the World Athletics Championships, he has had an impressive season with multiple times faster than 1:47.00, in addition to his personal best time

His personal best currently ranks as the 11th fastest among performers in 2023.

Abdullahi Hassan, representing Canada, will also be competing in the men’s 800m race. Hassan, who competed for Wisconsin this season, finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June
He has a personal best time of 1:46.16 from 2021 and has clocked 1:46.25 so far this year.

NACAC U23 Championships 2023 – Men’s 800m Entry List

  • Jahleel Armstrong – Barbados – 1:54.77
  • Mario Vivas – Belize – 2:01.00
  • Abdullahi Hassan – Canada – 1:46.25
  • Leroy Russell – Canada – 1:47.81
  • Luis Alexander Segura Hernandez – Costa Rica – 1:55.74
  • Matthew William Cook Gutierrez – Costa Rica – 1:54.02
  • Dennick Luke – Dominica – 1:50.00
  • Fredd Alexander Ponce – Nicaragua – 1:56.33
  • Handal Roban – St. Vincent & The Grenadines – 1:45.93
  • Genesis Joseph – Trinidad And Tobago – 1:50.74
  • Stefan Camejo – Trinidad And Tobago – 1:52.92
  • Sean Dolan – United States – 1:46.93
  • William Sumner – United States – 1:44.26

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Ato Stephens is a former Trinidad and Tobago 400 metres specialist, who is a two-time CAC Championships Silver medalist, NCAA Indoor champion and Olympian.

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