Russian rocket Borzakovskiy blasts to victory
The big name of the race was the 2004 world Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy and he duly delivered in a tailor-made race for him, sprinting to victory down the finishing straight.
The 1:48.61 time wasn't impressive, in fact it as the slowest winning mark since 1962 though worth noting it wouldn't have even been fast enough to win a medal way back in 1954, 58 years ago when the race was won in 1:47.11 by the Hungarian Lajos Sjentgali.
The first 200m wasn't too slow as the fastest runner in this year's final, Dutchman Robert Lathouwers who had run a 1:44.61 PB in Hengelo this year but was contesting his first major Championship final took the lead and hugged the inside. Outside him the 2011 European junior champion Pierre Bosse who has run 1:44.97 this year and impressed with his style in the heats held second.