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WORLD 800 RECORD FOR RUDISHA IN BERLIN

Published by
Coach Matt   on Aug 22 2010, 01:44 PM

WORLD RECORD FOR RUDISHA IN BERLIN
By David Monti
(c) 2010 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved - used with permission

Kenya's David Rudisha broke one of athletics' most vaunted world records today in Berlin, clocking 1:41.09 for 800m.  Rudisha's performance bettered by 2/100ths of a second Denmark's Wilson Kipketer's previous standard of 1:41.11 set in Köln in 1997.

Rudisha, 21, already had the world's fastest time this year going into today's ISTAF Meeting, part of the IAAF World Athletics Challenge series: 1:41.51 set in Heusden on 10 July.  That mark was also the African record.  He is now undefeated in 13 800m races this year, including the African Championships where he ran 1:42.84 at high altitude in Nairobi to get the gold medal.

Today in Berlin pacemaker Sammy Tangui of Kenya took Rudisha through 400m in a blistering 48.65, and Rudisha carried the momentum through 600m alone in 1:14.54.  He covered the final 200m in 26.55 seconds to get the record.

Rudisha, who represents adidas, now owns two of the top-4 times in history (four out of the top-10).  He is represented by Australian manager James Templeton.

Behind Rudisha, Boaz Lalang, the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships silver medalist, finished second in 1:44.34.  Abraham Kiplagat was third in 1:44.49.

ENDS

Rank  Athlete Nation Result
1  RUDISHA, David Lekuta
KEN
WR 1:41.09
2  LALANG, Boaz Kiplagat
KEN

1:44.34
3  KIPLAGAT, Abraham
KEN

1:44.49
4  MANZANO, Leonel
USA
PB 1:44.56
5  KIVUVA, Jackson Mumbwa
KEN

1:44.91
6  KSZCZOT, Adam
POL
PB 1:45.07
7  ALI, Belal Mansoor
BRN

1:45.28
8  MUTUA, David Mutinda
KEN
PB 1:45.97
9  YEGO, Alfred Kirwa
KEN

1:46.84
10  LUDOLPH, Sören
GER

1:47.83
   TANGUI, Sammy
KEN

DNF

 Intermediate times:
  400m 93  Tangui, Sammy (KEN) 48.65  
  600m 92  RUDISHA, David Lekuta (KEN) 1:14.54  
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