David Rudisha has once again lowered the men’s 800m World Record this season with another gallant run – this time at the action packed IAAF World Challenge meeting in Rieti, Italy on Sunday.
The Kenya sizzled home to one minute and 41.01 seconds to erased his previous world record of 1:41.09 – set only at the Berlin World Challenge meeting last Sunday.
Prior to the event Rudisha had said he was targeting another world record before the season concluded. Kiplagat Lalang finished second in 1:42.95 with Nick Symmonds taking third in a personal best of 1:43.76.
Jamaican Olympic relay gold medallist Nesta Carter blasted to world-leading and personal best of 9.78second to win the men’s 100m dash.
Carter, who teamed up with Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell in Beijing to set a world record and win the gold medal in the 4x100m relay improved to 9.79secs previously held by American Tyson Gay.
USA’s Ryan Bailey was also in good form – clocking a personal best of 9.88secs to take second place with Mario Forsythe of Jamaica taking third in 9.95secs.
The race also saw Christophe Lemaitre setting a French national record of 9.97secs. Olympic gold medallist and former world silver medal winner Michael Frater of Jamaica, 9.98secs, also went below the 10-seconds barrier.
Another Jamaican Sherone Simpson won the women’s race in 11.11secs. The Olympic silver medallist got out to a slow start but managed to stay with the field until she got to her comfort distant where she easily pulled away without any serious problems.
Bahamas’ Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was second in 11.15, with American Mikele Barber, third in 11.21.
American David Oliver took home the men’s 110m hurdles crown in 13.01secs ahead of Jamaica’s Dwight Thomas, who finished second 13.26secs.
The men’s 200m went to Wallace Speaman of USA – who raced to a time of 19.85secs, after running a smooth first 100m on the curve.