Marco Arop of Edmonton. Alberta won the bronze medal in the men’s 800 metres at a Diamond League race in Monaco on Friday. This was Arop’s second Diamond League medal event of the season as he won the silver medal in Paris on June 9.
Arop had a time on Friday of one minute and 43.51 seconds. Wyclife Kinyamal won the gold medal with a time of one minute and 43.22 seconds. Silmane Moula of Algeria won the silver medal with a time of one minute and 43.40 seconds. Arop reached the podium by 0.37 seconds over Djamel Sedjati of Algeria had a time of one minute and 43.88 seconds.
Arop’s personal best time in the men’s 800 metres was one minute and 43.26 seconds. That took place at the 2021 Diamond League event in Monaco. Two years ago, Arop placed behind Nijel Amos of Botswana and Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir of Kenya.
The Canadian record was also set in Monaco. Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ontario had a time of 1:46.20. Interestingly, Amos won the gold medal at that event too. McBride settled for silver.
Arop’s greatest achievement to date was winning a bronze medal in the men’s 800 metres at the 2022 International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The bronze medal will give Arop confidence as he prepares for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.