Price Made The Race, But Wilson Had Just Enough Left To Defend Her Indoor National Title As Two Americans Move To 1-2 On 2014 World List
February 23, 2014
Albuquerque, NM – It wasn’t too hard to predict what was going to happen in the women’s 800 final today at the 2014 US Indoor National Championships. Coming into the meet there were three women who were the favorites and after yesterday’s first round, it was pretty clear how those three women would race in the final.
Those three were Chanelle Price, Ajee’ Wilson and Molly Beckwith. Price said she wasn’t afraid to lead and if someone beat her they were going to do it running fast and Beckwith talked about following the top 2. That’s basically how it went as Price led the first 780 meters before just being nipped by Wilson at the line, 2:00.43 to 2:00.48 and Beckwith was a distant third with 2:01.87.
Ajee Wilson Edges Chanelle Price (click for photo gallery)
The Race (video at bottom)
As described above, this race started with Price going right to the front and trying to lead it wire-to-wire. She took the field through a 28.15 first lap, was 58.01 at the 400 and 1:29.04 at 600. Wilson sat right on her in second the entire way and Beckwith started in 4th behind Bethany Praska, but moved up to third during the 3rd lap and was right on Wilson’s heels going into the last 100m. Price had gapped Wilson, and even coming off the final turn it looked as if Price would hold on for victory as the 5 + meter gap still existed, but Wilson closed the gap very suddenly in the last 50 meters. In the end, it was clear Price tying up as her last 200 was just 31.45 to Wilson’s 31.01. Like Price, Beckwith faded a bit in the last 100m closing her last lap 31.98.