Middle distance runner David Rudisha won gold — but didn’t get a world record this time.
The Kenyan won his second Olympic title in a row on Monday by swerving into the lead just after halfway and using his long strides to kick for home.
The only one to keep close was Taoufik Makhloufi, the 1,500 gold medalist at the London Games four years ago.
Between the two middle distance champions, Rudisha never gave the Algerian a chance and won in 1 minute, 42.15 seconds, over a second of the time he set at the Olympics four years ago.
Makhloufi ran an Algerian record of 1:42.61 and Clayton Murphy of the United States set a personal best of 1:42.93 for bronze.