The in-form Max Burgin warns his rivals that “more is to come” as he chases the world title


Max Burgin has thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals and warned: Catch me if you can.

The fastest man in the world over 800 meters this year opens his world championship in the heats on Wednesday in Eugene.

His time of 1min 43.52s is yet to be beaten in 2022 and the 20-year-old is poised to perform ahead of his first major senior championships.

It’s very useful to have a certain level of confidence because you’re the fastest in the field

Max Burgin

He said: “Going into the championships at the top of the world gives you incredible confidence. You know you’re faster than anyone else going in. No one has ever shown that they can run as fast as I can.

“Of course, as the season progresses you get fitter and you have more to give. The British Championships were the best I’ve done in a long time as they came out pretty quickly. So there is definitely more to come.

“Going into these championships I was hoping to run at least another 1:43 from the front. But obviously the conditions threw a bit of a spanner in the works, but I knew I was in that kind of form.

“I knew I would make it through this time. We thought it would have been faster if the conditions were different, but it wasn’t that bad.”

However, Burgin is keen to insist he doesn’t get carried away with his form and admires his rivals including Canadian Marco Arop and Kenyan Wycliffe Kisasy.

“I think being arrogant isn’t going to get you anywhere, and it’s probably going to blow your mind, because if you don’t show respect to your peers or to your opponents, you only risk failure,” he said.

“But yeah, it’s very useful to have some confidence when you’re the fastest in the field.”

Burgin will be joined in the heats by British teammates Kyle Langford, who finished fourth in London 2017, and Daniel Rowden. The in-form Max Burgin warns his rivals that “more is to come” as he chases the world title

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