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."