Kyle Langford proud despite finishing eighth in 800m final at World Junior Championships in Oregon after contracting stomach bug

Kyle Langford with his coach George Harrison.

Kyle Langford with his coach George Harrison.

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by , Group Sports Editor

Kyle Langford was unable to make any impression in the 800m final at the World Junior Championships as he finished eighth in Oregon tonight after contracting a stomach bug in the build-up to the race

The 18-year-old Watford athlete was at the back of the field from the outset as the Kenyan duo of Alfred Kipketer and Joshua Timpati Masikonde went off at a tremendous pace and maintained it almost until the finish; Kipketer winning in an excellent time of 1.43.95 to incredibly take approaching two seconds off his personal best.

The Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier, who had impressed in the heat and semi-finals, trailed in almost 12 seconds back in 1.55.21, more than seven seconds outside his personal best.

Following the race, Langford tweeted: "Thanks for the support everyone. It's a shame about the tummy bug but I'm proud that I started the race and proud I finished."

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