Donavan Brazier

800m

Quick Facts

Date of Birth: April 15, 1997

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Residence: Portland, Oregon
College: Texas A&M University

Personal Bests

800m 1:43.55 (2016) AJR
600m1:13.77i WR
800m(i) 1:44.41 (2019) AR
Mile(i) 3:59.30 (2017)

Career Highlights

  • 2018 US Indoor Champion, 600m
  • 2017 US Champion, 800m
  • 2016 NCAA Champion, 800m
  • World Record holder, 600m indoors
  • American Junior Record Holder, 800m
  • NCAA Record Holder, 800m
  • American Record Holder, 800m indoors
  • American Junior Record Holder, 800m indoors

Background

Few athletes have risen to the top of their sport as quickly as Donavan Brazier has. In a single year, Brazier went from one of the nation’s top high school half milers to one of the world’s very best. In 2015, Donavan Brazier finished his senior year as Michigan’s high school state champion at 800 meters. Less than eight months later, Brazier opened his 2016 track season by breaking the US junior record for the indoor 800m.

In his outdoor campaign, Donavan finished third at the SEC Championships and just qualifying for the final would have been an accomplishment for the 19 year-old college freshman. After setting a new lifetime best in the semi-finals, Donavan ran away with the NCAA final, winning by nearly a second. His winning time of 1:43.55 broke Jim Ryun’s NCAA and American Under-20 records, set 50 years ago to the day. 

In Donavan's first full season as a professional, he ran away with the US outdoor title at 800m and finished 2017 ranked among the top 10 in the world by Track & Field News Magazine. The 2018 winter saw win his first US indoor title at 800m, though an injury forced him to miss the outdoor season. 

Beginning 2019 under coach Pete Julian, Donavan began the year in style, running 1:44.41 to break Johnny Gray's American Indoor Record for 800m, set back in 1992. Two weeks later, Donavan won the US Indoor national title over 600m in a stunning 1:13.77, more than one second faster than had ever been run before.

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