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Goule runs women 800m world leading time in Lievin

Natoya Goule, an Olympic finalist, won a fantastic race in the women’s 800 meters, establishing a world record and a Jamaican record of 1:58.46.

Halimah Nakaayi, the defending world outdoor champion, came in second, breaking the 1:59 barrier with a Ugandan record of 1:58.58.

This year, Goule and Nakaayi are the only athletes to break the two-minute threshold.

Kenya’s Eglay Nalianya came in third in 2:00.26 seconds, ahead of Poland’s Anzhelika Chichocka (2:01.62). Pacemakers covered the first 400 meters in 57.56 seconds.

Goule maintained the fast pace and went through the 600m in 1:27.64. The Jamaican 800m specialist held off Naakayi in the final straight.

Natoya Goule: “I am happy with the world lead and my PB. I felt good during the race, but afterwards not that much. It’s my first time here, in the stadium. I love it”. 


  1. Natoya GOULE JAM 1:58.46
  2. Halimah NAKAAYI UGA 1:58.58
  3. Eglay Nafuna NALYANYA KEN 2:00.26
  4. Angelika CICHOCKA POL 2:01.52
  5. Freweyni HAILU ETH 2:01.89
  6. Tigist GIRMA ETH 2:02.20
  7. Hedda HYNNE NOR 2:02.82
  8. Cinthia ANAIS FRA 2:03.18
  9. Noélie YARIGO BEN 2:04.52


By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and the marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple road and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support the race organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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