Neptune, New Jersey product, Ajee Wilson, continues to exercise her dominance in the women’s 800m. The 21 year-old Wilson posted a time of 1:58.83 to take a comfortable victory over Kenya’s Janeth Busienei (1:59.37) and American Chanelle Price (1:59.47). Wilson’s time of 1:58.83 is the 4th fastest time in the world this year - at just under one second slower than her season’s best 1:57.87 performance at the Prefontaine Classics on May 30, 2015.
When asked how she felt about her performance, Wilson said, “I am real happy to get a win. I don’t take it for granted. I am real happy that I was able to do what I had to do to win the race.” When asked how she felt about being a top 800m contender this year, Wilson responded, “just thinking where I was two years ago, when I first signed [to go pro], it’s definitely a blessing. I am grateful to be where I am [right now].”
Last season, Wilson led the world in the women’s 800m ranking, posting a time of 1:57.67 in Monaco in July 2014. Wilson continues to show improvement in the women’s two-lap and credits her coach Derrick Thompson for her improvements. Wilson, who has the ability to run from the front or from the back, said she has no preference and that the race itself usually dictates her strategy. Wilson is expected to make the USA team and should be in medal contention at the World Championship in Beijing.