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Said-Guerni surprises field in 800m

Last updated on: August 31, 2003 22:36 IST

Djabir Saïd-Guerni of Algeria staved off a strong challenge from Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia to win the men's 800 metres at the World Athletics championships, in Paris on Sunday.

Djabir Saïd-GuerniThe 26-year-old army Sergant, a bronze medallist at the Sydney Olympics, surprised a strong field as he beat Borzakovskiy on the line. He timed 1:44.81 seconds, breasting the tape a mere .03 seconds ahead of Borzakovskiy.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa took the bronze in 1:44.90 seconds.
Kenyan-born Wilson Kipketer, who was unbeaten in the 800 metres 1996 and 1997 and even held the world record then, finished a poor fourth, timing 1:45.23 seconds.

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