How many American women have won an 800-meter gold medal at an indoor or outdoor world championship? One.
On Sunday, Chanelle Price became the first to accomplish the feat with her world leading 2:00.09 in the final of the 2014 IAAF World Championships in Sopot, Poland. She took the lead from the gun and was never passed.
Prior to the victory, Price’s lone accomplishment in a Team USA uniform was a 6th place finish in the 800-meter final at the 2007 World Youth Championships. Ato Boldon astutely noted on Twitter that Price’s perseverance should be commended.
Chanelle Price (USA) ran fastest time in world in 14 to win 800 at World Indoors. Was 28th fastest in world last year, 58th fastest outdoor.— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) March 9, 2014
After a year in which the United States had three women in the 800-meter final at the 2013 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Price appears ready to compete with the likes of Brenda Martinez during the outdoor season.
Lots of prodigies quit before the success at the top level, frustrated. @ChanellePrice is probably THE feel-good win of these championships— Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) March 9, 2014