Canada's Marco Arop wins 2nd consecutive Diamond League 800m race

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Canada's Marco Arop, right, defeated Kenya's Emmanuel Korir, left, in the men's 800-metre event of the IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images - image credit)
Canada's Marco Arop, right, defeated Kenya's Emmanuel Korir, left, in the men's 800-metre event of the IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images - image credit)

Canadian Marco Arop won his second consecutive Diamond League event Thursday, besting Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir of Kenya in the men's 800-metre race in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 22-year-old Edmonton native beat his time in the Prefontaine Classic — an event he was on last Saturday — by one-hundredth of a second, crossing the line in one minute 44.50 seconds.

In the process, he again defeated the Korir and fellow Keynan Ferguson Rotich, who finished in second and third with times of 1:44.62 and 1:45.48, respectively. Korir captured gold at the Tokyo Olympics, while Rotich claimed silver.

Arop, who didn't advance to the Olympic final, has a season best and person best of 1:43.26, only 6-100ths of a second off Brandon McBride's Canadian record.

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