Arzamasova holds on for 800 meters world title

Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:10am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Marina Arzamasova of Belarus outsprinted defending champion Eunice Sum down the home straight to win gold in the women's 800 meters at the world athletics championships on Saturday.

The European champion kicked for home off the back straight and found enough gas to hold off her Kenyan rival when Sum attacked after the final bend, claiming her first major title in one minute 58.03 seconds.

"I dreamed about the gold medal at world championships all my life and now I have this medal," the 27-year-old told reporters.

"It was a good race, not so fast, and I was ready from the beginning to the finish. I knew all girls can finish strong, so I decided to start it on the last 200m.

"I think from tomorrow on I will start preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio."

Canada's Melissa Bishop stayed with the leading pair on the last 100 meters and got just in front of Sum at the line to claim silver in 1.58.12.

"This is really a good world championships for myself and my team," she said.

"The race was slow on the first 400m. I stayed relaxed and composed because anything can happen on the last round.   Continued...

Eunice Sum of Kenya, Marina Arzamasova of Belarus and Melissa Bishop (L-R) of Canada cross the finish line in the women's 800m event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 29, 2015.     REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson