The world 800m bronze medallist, Marco Arop, has earned his first Canadian outdoor record, running 1,000m in 2:14.35 at the Monaco Diamond League on Wednesday.
Arop was out quickly, going through 400m in 51 seconds and 800m in 1:45.46. The pacemaker took Arop through 600m, then the 23-year-old took over with one lap left.
The world 1,500m champion, Jake Wightman, managed to chase Arop down in the final 100m to win the 1,000m in a meet record time of 2:13.88. Arop took second, breaking the previous Canadian national record of 2:16.52, set by Canadian 1,500m Olympian Nathan Brannen 10 years ago in Austria.
2nd place is enough for Arop to qualify for the 800m #DLFinal
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) August 10, 2022
The 1,000m distance is an uncommon middle-distance running event in track and field competitions. It is occasionally run at Diamond League events and Contential Tour meets in Europe.
This is Arop’s second Canadian record. He also holds the Canadian indoor 800m record of 1:45.90, which he set in 2019.
MARCO AROP BREAKS CANADIAN RECORD 🚨
The Pride of Edmonton finishes 2nd in 2:14.35 at the Herculis Diamond League 1000m.
✅18th fastest in HISTORY
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 10, 2022
The Edmonton native has had a season to remember, running a season’s best 1:43.61 in front of a hometown crowd in June and earning his first global medal in the men’s 800m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in July.
Arop will likely regroup and prepare for the upcoming Diamond League meets in Brussels and Zurich in early September.