Marco Arop's message to Emmanuel Wanyonyi & co. after Xiamen victory

Marco Arop's message to Emmanuel Wanyonyi & co. after Xiamen victory

Abigael Wafula 12:25 - 26.04.2024

Marco Arop has fired warning shots at Emmanuel Wanyonyi and his other track rivals as he looks to make the 2024 season memorable.

Reigning World 800m champion Marco Arop opened his outdoor season with a bang, winning the Diamond League Meeting series opener in Xiamen in an astonishing time of 1:43.61.

The Canadian beat Kenyan Wycliffe Kinyamal in what was a sprint finish in the hotly contested race. As he was winning, track rival Emmanuel Wanyonyi, the reigning World 800m silver medallist was also dominating the men’s 800m Kip Keino Classic.

Wanyonyi, while winning the 800m race at the Kip Keino Classic, clocked a world-leading time of 1:43.57 to cross the finish line.

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However, Arop remains unfazed by the crazy time Wanyonyi ran to win the race and he admitted to being hungrier for more, this being an Olympic season. After his win in Xiamen, Arop declared that he is leaving no table unturned as he looks to make a mark this season.

“I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. I know I've accomplished a lot up to this point, but I'm not satisfied with everything that I've done. I still have to work even harder to get to where I want to be,” Arop said.

He was also in awe of the huge crowd that had come out to support him as he competed against the deep field. He disclosed that starting the outdoor season on a high is a testimony of great things to come as time progresses.

“Tonight was great. It was great out there. The environment is awesome. The atmosphere is great. I only did a couple of indoor races to hold my body and know where we were at. Now it is great to finally open up in the 800 outdoors and get a good idea of where I am now,” he added.