All Pro Track & Field’s Top 15 Middle Distance Runners Age 25 an Under
15. Isaiah Harris (USA)- He has entered himself into the conversation after running the 20th fastest time in the world for 2017 in the 800 meters. His 1:44.53 was the third fastest American performance in 2017. We look for the 20 year old to put together more top 15 world marks in 2018.
14. Donovan Brazier(USA)- Last season at 20 years old, he won his first USATF National title in the 800 meter run to show fans that he is worth the hype. He is still learning to be a professional and when it clicks, it may be trouble for everyone.
13. Brandon McBride (Canada)- The 23 year old Canadian has a personal best of 1:43.95 in the 800 meters. While competing at Mississippi State University he won two National championships, and looks to build on his 8th place 800 meter finish at the 2017 World Championships.
12. Clayton Murphy (USA)- We need more rivalries in the sport, and the rivalry between Clayton Murphy & Donovan Brazier will be fun to watch for the next 5-7 years. Murphy, took home the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics. What to watch for is if he can pull of the 800/1500 double which would be very impressive. We look for Murphy to become the face of middle distance for team USA in the next coming years.
11. Laura Muir (Great Britain)- Yes, she does compete in the 1500/3000 meter events, but you would be hard pressed not to put her in the top echelon of 1500 meter runners in the World. The 24 year old holds the National record in the 1500 meter run. Her time of 3:55.22 is the 13th fastest time ever in the event. In 2017, she took home gold medals in the 1500 & 3000 meters at the European Indoor Championships. Her best race is still ahead of her.
10. Sifan Hassan(Netherlands)- The 24 year old is very talented, she can run the 1500 meters & 5000 meters at a elite championship level. In the 1500 meters, she has exceled in her young career. In 2016, she won the World Indoor championship for the 1500 meters. She has a PR of 3:56.05 thanks ranks 17th all time.
9. Francine Niyonsaba(Burundi)- She has a personal best of 1:56.47 in the 800 meters which is a National record. In 2016, she won the 800 meters gold medal at the World Indoor championships, she also took home the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in the 800 meters. The 2017 world championship silver medalist will look to defend her Indoor World title in 2018.
8. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (France)- He was trending toward winning a major championship medal, and this past summer her broke through at the World championships. Ambroise-Bosse, won the World title in the 800 meter run in 2017, and he may not be done yet.
7. Ajee Wilson (USA)- At 23 year old, she has won 5 straight USA indoor 800 meter titles, 800 meter bronze medal at the 2017 World championships, and a silver medal at the World Indoor championships for the 800 meters. She’s still young and only getting better every season she competes. We expect her times to drop and to make more World championship podiums, with a gold medal in the cards
6. Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (Kenya)- He turned pro by signing with NIKE in August 2017, after some very impressive times in the 800 meters. He was named the Conference USA Athlete of the Year. In 2017, he ran the world fastest time in the 800 meters of 1:43.10.
5. Konstanze Klosterhalfen (Germany)- At the young age of 20 she took home the silver medal in the 1500 meters at he 2017 World Championships in London. She has personal bests of 1:59.65 in the 800 meters & 3:58.92 in the 1500 meters. We are excited to see how great she will become.
4. Kipyegon Bett (Kenya)- It’s scary to think that Kipyegon Bett is 19 years old. Yes, he’s 19!!! At the 2017 World Championships he took home the bronze medal in the 800 meters. He won the gold medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The future is bright!!!
3. Nijel Amos (Botswana)- At age 23 he holds the World Junior Record in the 800 meters, his time of 1:41.73 ranks as the third fastest 800 meter time of all time. He won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games in the 800 meters, and took home the silver medal at the Rio Olympics. By the end of his career he may be challenge the World Record, but we know a Olympic gold is in the cards.
2. Margaret Nyairera Wambui (Kenya)- The 22 year old Kenyan had a pair of bronze medals in the 800 meters for the 2016 season (Rio Olympics, World Indoors). She finished one spot shy of making the podium again in London this past summer. She has been at the top of the leaderboard for times the past 3 seasons, and we don’t plan for it to end.
1. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya)- She won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics & 2017 World championships in the 1500 meters. In the 2015 Beijing World championships she took home the silver medal in the 1500 meters. At 23, she has still yet to hit he prime in the event. Her personal best in the event is 3:56.41 which is a National record, but will definitely be lowered.