Natoya Goule 'in shock' over 600m PR at Boost Boston Games

By May 24, 2021

Natoya Goule leaves for Doha today in high spirits following her record-setting run over 600m at the Boost Boston Games on Sunday.

The 2019 World Championships 800m finalist ran world-leading 1:24 to win the event in what was also a new national record. She out-sprinted her long-time rival Ajee Wilson, who was second in 1:26 (1:25.007). Allie Wilson was third in (1:25.270) but given the same time as Ajee.

The 2018 NACAC Senior Championships 800m silver medalist told Sportsmax.TV she was pleasantly surprised by the time.

“The experience was wonderful. I’m used to doing road racing but this was different because it was faster,” said Goule, whose indoor best is 1:25.35 set in February 2017.

“When I found out I ran 1:24 that was when I was in shock because it was a lifetime PR. I watched the replay on NBC and they thought I was shocked that I won but it was because of the time they announced.

“I am humbled to get the win because Ajee is a very talented athlete and it’s always a pleasure racing with her over these years.”

Goule has been working on her speed and strength all season, running her fastest 400m races in a decade as well as 1500m races, all in an effort to improve her 800m times. The win on Sunday was a great indicator that the work has been paying off.

“It definitely does tell me that I am better than I think I am at this moment. To be able to run that time on the road speaks volumes,” she said, revealing that she prefers running the 600m outdoors.

 “It actually feels more comfortable running it on the road compared to indoors because you just have to run and you don’t know where the 200 or 400 mark is. I am yet to know what my 400 split was because I did not see a mark.”

She will be running the 800m in Doha on Friday but is just hoping to do deliver her best race.

 “I am not setting and targets for Doha. I just want to go out there and compete and the time will come once we the athletes perform to our best ability,” she said.

 

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