Putting together a successful race at 800 meters isn't easy.
It takes equal parts hard work, desire, patience and resolve to capture an elite performance in one of the hardest races on the track, a near dead sprint.
So how have the country's top athletes at the distance in 2019 improved since last year?
The answer is often in the details.
Small improvements, like Daniel Maton's 1.1 second PR, came in the same month he captured a PR last year, in June. Minnesota's fastest rising talent at 800m, AJ Green, has cut 2.3 seconds off his best effort from last year -- and in doing so has gone under 1:50.
Indianapolis Cathedral's Cole Hocker, this fall's Foot Locker Nationals champion, has erased nearly five seconds from his best. Check out all the top athletes below.
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YOY Improvement In The 800m