World 800m record holder David Rudisha broke from the field early and then dominated the race afterwards to register a comfortable one-minute 44.15 second victory at the Athletissima Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Thursday.
The Kenyan Rudisha, returning to the Diamond League after being forced to missed the last two – beat Poland’s Marcina Lewandowskiego, who clocked 1:45.01 for second and Amine Laalou of Morocco, third in 1:45.11. World champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa was beaten into 8th in a disappointing 1:48.44.
In the men’s 100m dash Asafa Powell sizzled to a world-leading 9.78 seconds victory to send out his own warning to his rivals ahead of the IAAF World Championships later this summer.
The Jamaican bettered Tyson Gay’s previous world best of 9.79, achieved earlier this month.
Powell, the former world record holder broke from the field early and stamped his class against a strong field, which didn’t include main challengers Gay and Usain Bolt.
His training partner Michael Frater ran a personal best of 9.88 for second, while France’s Christophe Lemaitre equalled his own national record of 9.95 for third. Another Jamaican, Nesta Carter was fourth in 9.99, the same time done by Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure.
Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales put his disappointments from the national trials behind him to win the men’s 400m in 45.27. Belgium’s Kevin Borlée was second in 45.37, while Tabarie Henry of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Texas A&M was third in 45.57. Bahamas’ Demetrius Pinder, also an A&M star was fourth in 45.99.
Sally Pearson won a very close women’s 100m hurdles in a wind-aided time of 12.47 secs. The Australia nipped American Danielle Carruthers on the line, with the later coming in second in 12.48.
World record holder Dayron Robles looked like he is still in the preparation phase, but managed to hold off Jamaica’s Dwight Thomas to win the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.12. Thomas was second in 13.16 and USA’s Jason Richardson, third in 13.17
Yarelis Barrios of Cuba won the women’s Discus competition with a second round seasonal best throw of 64.29m. She won ahead of Aretha D. Thurmond of the United States, who threw 63.85m and Germany’s Nadine Müller, who did 63.58m.
Norwegian thrower Andreas Thorkildsen won the men’s javelin competition with a best throw of 88.19m, a mark that was his best effort so far in 2011. Sergey Makarov of Russia was second with 87.12m.
Elsewhere, Kenya’s Milcah Chemos set a meeting record of 9:19.87 to win the women’s 3000m Steeplechase, while Amantle Montsho of Botswana won the women’s 400m dash in 50.23 to beat American world champion Sanya Richards-Ross, 50.61.
USA’s Brittney Reese leaped 6.85m to win the women’s Long Jump.