Max Burgin records 4th fastest British 800m of all time

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Photo credit:  Jesse Väänänen / Snou Creative
Photo credit: Jesse Väänänen / Snou Creative

British athlete Max Burgin took victory in the 800m at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland earlier this week, in the fastest time of the year so far.

Burgin, who only turned 20 last month, looked strong throughout the entire race, powering home to victory in 1:43.52 to set a new PB and go fourth on the British 800m all-time rankings, behind Seb Coe, Steve Cram and Peter Elliott.

Photo credit: Jesse Väänänen / Snou Creative
Photo credit: Jesse Väänänen / Snou Creative

The Halifax Harrier did not hold back from the gun, following the pacemaker through the first 400m in 49.22. He never looked in danger of being overtaken – Tony van Diepen from the Netherlands pushed him hard over the final 200m, but Burgin had more in the tank and accelerated through the last 100m for victory.

‘I suffered today, but I’m happy to set a PB,’ he said. ‘This was only my second race of the season, but I’m now feeling very confident for the British Championships and the World Championships after that.’

The meet was also a good night for Laura Muir, who ran 800m in 1:57.23, the second-fastest 800m of her career.

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