Athletics-Mu falls at US trials, will not defend Olympic 800m title

By Thomson Reuters Jun 24, 2024 | 9:56 PM

(Reuters) – Athing Mu will not defend her Olympic 800m title in Paris after she fell during the final at the U.S. trials on Monday and finished last.

Nia Akins came home first in one minute, 57.36 seconds while Allie Wilson took second (1:58.32) and Juliette Whittaker was third (1:58.45).

Mu, the world champion in 2022, was running with the pack at about the 200m mark when she lost her footing at Hayward field.

She got up and carried on but could not catch the rest of the field, crossing the line in 2:19.69 before leaving the track in tears.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Peter Rutherford)