ISTANBUL, Turkey - Former Indiana State track & field athlete Erica Moore captured the bronze medal in the women's 800 meters as she ran a personal best 1:59.97 to finish third at the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey.
Moore took the lead early and was in front at the 200 meter mark (28.13) and the 400 meter mark (57.69). Russia's Elena Kofanova took the lead at the 600 meter mark (1:28.07) but could not hold the advantage.
Kenya's Pamela Jelimo won the event in a very close finish with a time of 1:58.83 which is the best time in the world this season. Nataliia Lupu of the Ukraine edged Moore by three-tenths of a second for second place (1:59.67). Fantu Magiso of Ethiopia was fourth (2:00.30), Kafanova faded to fifth (2:00.67) and Russian teammate Yuliya Rusanova was sixth (2:01.87).
Moore ran 2:00.24 and finished second in the third heat of the preliminaries Friday which was the third fastest time of the three heats. Jelimo has the fastest time entering the finals at 1:59.10 with Kofanova second at 1:59.63.