If you didn't know before this year's World Championships, international competition is physical. The game plan for the 800m event appears to be survive the first 250m and the last 150m.
Midland grad Bryce Hoppel was in for more than the 800m. Little did he know he'd have to do some hurdling in this World Championships.
"It definitely threw me off," he admitted, when discussing the extraneous factors in his race.