The top 10 athletes of 2017 so far
 1  Clayton Murphy                  USA  1.43.60   Torrance
 2  Emmanuel Korir                  KEN  1.43.73   Berkeley
 3  Kipyegon Bett                   KEN  1.44.2 m  Kasarani
 4  Donavan Brazier                 USA  1.44.63   Tempe
 5  Ferguson Rotich Cheruiyot       KEN  1.44.7 m  Kasarani
 6  Elijah Manangoi                 KEN  1.44.8 m  Nairobi
 7  Alex Amankwah                   GHA  1.44.80   Marietta
 8  Nicholas Kipkoech               KEN  1.44.9 m  Nairobi
 9  Justus Kipkoech                 KEN  1.45.0 m  Nairobi
10  Drew Windle                     USA  1.45.02   Marietta

Third European Indoor title for Adam Kszczot

Poland appears to have a stranglehold on this title lately. Adam Kszczot won it in 2011 and 2013, Lewandowski in 2015. This year Lewandowski preferred the 1500 (and took gold there) leaving it to Kszczot to defend Polands honour.

The race was fairly slow, with one of the three Spaniards, Kevin López, setting a modest pace. Halfway through Andreas Bube took over the lead, Kszczot immediately followed and from there on no one was going to stop him. Kszczot took over with one lap to go and sprinted to his third title. Bube was rewarded with the silver. Kupers looked on course for the bronze but after a few collisions on the last lap his medal chances were gone and it was Álvaro de Arriba who managed to finish third.

Adam Kszczot has won no less than five European titles now: aside from his three Indoor titles he has also won two Outdoor titles. A very impressive list.

 1  Adam Kszczot           POL   1:48.87
 2  Andreas Bube           DEN   1:49.32
 3  Álvaro de Arriba       ESP   1:49.68
 4  Daniel Andújar         ESP   1:50.28
 5  Thijmen Kupers         NED   1:50.47
 6  Kevin López            ESP   1:54.17
Adam Kszczot celebrates his European Indoor title
And another! Adam Kszczot celebrates his convincing win at the European Indoor championships. It's his fifth European title, and his third Indoors.

Very tight finish in the last Diamond League meeting

The Brussels Diamond League final had a strong field and featured a race within a race. Only Ferguson Rotich and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse could still win the Diamond Race. A win for either athlete would secure first place. But Rotich held a six point advantage, so the Frenchman had to win or else finish well ahead of the Kenyan.

The race was very hard fought and the field was still bunched together as they stormed to the finish. Bett managed a small lead (and was in fact already celebrating) but was pipped on the line by Adam Kszczot who ran past the entire field in the outside lane. The race was so tight that the first six were separated by just 27 hundredths of a second.

Those small margins meant that the Diamond race was decided by fractions as well. If Bosse had been just 0.2 seconds faster he would have come second and would have pushed Rotich down to fifth. As it was, Bosse could only manage sixth, and that meant that Ferguson Rotich (who came fourth) claimed the lucrative Diamond Race win.

 1  Adam Kszczot           POL   1:44.36
 2  Kipyegon Bett          KEN   1:44.44
 3  Amel Tuka              BIH   1:44.54
 4  Ferguson Rotich        KEN   1:44.59
 5  Alfred Kipketer        KEN   1:44.61
 6  Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  FRA   1:44.63
 7  Clayton Murphy         USA   1:45.15
 8  Jonathan Kitilit       KEN   1:46.12
A very close finish in Brussels
So close! Kipyegon Bett was celebrating already as Adam Kszczot stole the win on the line. Despite finishing only fourth Ferguson Rotich (second from the left) won the Diamond Race.