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:

RankNameCountryTimeDenote
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

Note:

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  • Pacer.: Withdrawn

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