New Jersey native and former Neptune High phenom Ajee Wilson put her name in the record books on Friday, setting a new American record in the 800m after finishing third at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Wilson became the first American to go sub-1:56, besting the former record of 1:56.40 last set by Jearl Miles-Clark in 1999 in Zurich. Wilson, once set to attend Florida State University out of high school, became a professional just before her collegiate career began in 2012 and currently runs for adidas.
Wilson finished behind race winner South African Caster Semenya (1:55.27) and Burundian Francine Niyonsaba (155.47), respectively.
Wilson has one other American record in the DMR, which was set in 2015 by the team of Treniere Moser, Sanya Richards-Ross, Wilson and Shannon Rowbury.
Wilson's former PB was set in 2014, coincidentally, in Monaco when she ran 1:57.67 -- at the time, it was another world best.
As of this year, Wilson has run 1:58.94 and 1:57.78, both at the USA Track and Field Championships, which qualified her for Worlds.
Wilson's Most Recent 800m Results in 2017
|1:59.19||Meeting Citta Di Padova||1st||Finals||>|
|1:57.78||USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships||1st||Finals||>|
|2:02.84||USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships||3rd||Prelims||>|
|1:58.94||USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships||1st||Semis||>|
In 2011, Wilson ran the 1-mile at the Millrose Games, finishing third in 4:52.45.