Ratified: Mu’s world U20 indoor 800m record

Athing Mu’s world U20 indoor 800m record of 1:58.40, set at the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on 27 February, has been ratified.

The 18-year-old produced a stunning solo run over four laps of the Randal Tyson Track Center, going through 200m in 28.65 and 400m in 57.96. By the time she reached 600m in 1:27.60, she had a three-and-a-half second lead over the rest of the field. A final lap of 30.81 brought her home in 1:58.40.

“She might be the greatest freshman athlete in any sport ever at Texas A&M and maybe the greatest collegiate freshman athlete in the sport of track & field,” said Mu’s coach, Pat Henry. “I’ve never seen a freshman accomplish the things that she has achieved and we're not even done with the season.”