Kyle Langford promises Olympic medal after ‘picking people off like a sniper’ in 800m

After his unexpected fourth place in the world championship 800m final, young Briton has his sights set on success at multiple distances

The morning after Kyle Langford’s thunderous charge brought him within inches of a shock 800m world championship medal he evocatively summed up how he felt powering down the home straight. “I wasn’t focusing on times but picking people off like a sniper,” he said. His only regret was that he did not take more of them out.

“I felt good and thought I could come through,” explained the hugely likeable 21-year-old, who missed out on bronze by just 0.04sec. “I was counting how many people there were and I knew I’d at least get fourth and as I saw the Kenyan in third going to die, I thought: ‘I can have him for dinner here.’ As I dipped I kind of knew I’d missed a medal. I smiled and thought: ‘Oh well, I gave it a good go.’

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