NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — A fast time was promised but not even David Rudisha himself was expecting such fast time to win the men’s 800m race at the adidas Grand Prix – IAAF Diamond League meeting in New York on Saturday.
The Kenyan World record holder and world champion said at his press conference that he was hoping to run in the 1:42 range, but stunned his competition once again – this time with a world-leading performance of 1:41.74.
Rudisha’s performance was the quickest ever on American soil – in his first ever visit – and he beat the runner up by almost three seconds.
In the women’s 100 metres dash Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce showed that she is rounding into good shape ahead of her national trials by dismissing a very strong field, which had included world-leader Carmelita Jeter of USA and Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TnT), the second fastest this season.
The reigning Olympic champion got out of the blocks like a rocket and then held off the challenges to win in a seasonal best of 10.92 secs (-0.1 m/s).
Tianna Madison of USA clocked a personal best of 10.97 secs for second place with Jeter taking third in 11.05.
World champion Yohan Blake took the men’s race in 9.90 seconds, but he had to work hard to edge out Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago’s who ran 9.93 and American Mike Rodgers (9.99).
American Tyson Gay, who watched the race from track side won the “B” race in 10.00secs, but he ran in a -1.5 m/s headwind.