IAAF.org: Bungei - what might have been in Paris?
Joseph Mutua to win the 800 metres at the World Athletics Final
2003-09-18When world leader Wilfred Bungei powered past compatriot Joseph Mutua to win the 800 metres at the World Athletics Final yesterday, it was a vindication of sorts for the 23 year-old Kenyan after missing last months World Championships in Paris.
"I am very happy because I did not expect to win against everyone who competed in the World Championships," Bungei said after his 1:45.97 win against one of the strongest fields assembled in 2003. "Only the World champion was not here."
Following Mutua throughout, the pair reached the bell in 53.03, a slow split that in hindsight, did not bode particularly well for Bungei. Fortunately for him, he said, he didn know at the time that the race was developing so slowly.
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