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Addy Wiley sets 1:57.65 800m personal best at Gala dei Castelli 2023

Addy Wiley set a new personal best of 1:57.64 for second place in the 800m behind Jamaica's Natoya Goule-Toppin at today's Gala dei Castelli 2023 meeting in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Addy Wiley after winning at the NACAC U23 Championships
Addy Wiley after winning at the NACAC U23 Championships

(Sept. 4) — Addy Wiley, a rising American talent, set a new personal best of 1:57.64 in the women’s 800m at the Gala dei Castelli 2023, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver series event in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on Monday.

Entering the competition with a previous personal best of 1:59.00, set in Memphis on Aug. 4, the 19-year-old shattered that mark to finish second. She trailed Jamaica’s Natoya Goule-Toppin, who set a meeting record with a time of 1:57.53.

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Paced by Polish runner Aneta Lemiesz through the opening 400m in 56.57 seconds, Goule-Toppin took the lead with 200m remaining and fended off a strong finish from Wiley. In doing so, she broke the previous meeting record of 1:58.10.

Another standout performance came from Swiss runner Audrey Werro. The 19-year-old clocked a time of 1:58.13, setting a new personal best and a national U20 record. The European U20 champion improved upon her previous national age group record of 1:59.50, while posting the fourth-best European U20 time in history, according to the European Athletics rankings.

Today’s event saw nine of the 12 finishers break the two-minute mark in the women’s 800m in what was an exciting contest from start to finish.

Gala dei Castelli 2023 Women’s 800m Results:

1Natoya Goule-ToppinJamaica1:57,53MR
2Addy WileyUnited States1:57,64PB
3Audrey WerroSwitzerland1:58,13NR, NR, SL
4Rénelle LamoteFrance1:58,42SB
5Lore HoffmannSwitzerland1:58,73SB
6Gabriela GajanováSlovakia1:58,78PB
7Elena BellòItaly1:59,15SB
8Rachel PellaudSwitzerland1:59,40PB
9Noélie YarigoBenin1:59,75
10Agnès RaharolahyFrance2:01,80
DNFAneta LemieszPolandPacer.DNF


  • MR: Meeting Record
  • PB: Personal Best
  • NR: National Record
  • SL: Swiss Lead
  • SB: Season Best
  • Pacer.: Withdrawn
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