Marina Arzamasova holds on for 800m world title

Marina Arzamasova of Belarus outsprinted defending champion Eunice Sum down the home straight to win gold in the women’s 800 metres at the World Championships in Beijing.

The European champion led from the front and found some extra gas when her Kenyan rival attacked off the final bend to claim the title in one minute 58.03 seconds.

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

Sum, who has dominated the event since winning the world title in Moscow two years ago, took bronze in 1.58.18, well short of the world leading time of 1.56.99 she ran in Paris in July.

Marina Arzamasova looks to her gold medal.
Marina Arzamasova looks to her gold medal. – Reuters

Great Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke was handily placed after the first lap, but faded on the finishing straight to come in fifth, less than a second behind the winner.

The 25-year-old tried to break with 250m to go, but found herself boxed in by Rababe Arafi of Morocco, who finished fourth.