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30 Aug 2010

IAAF World Challenge – Rieti 2010: Rudisha lowers 800m World record

Carter dashes 9.78sec in the 100m race

At last evening’s the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Rieti, Kenyan David Rudisha, reduced the World 800m record to 1:41.01.
Rudisha went through 600 metres in the lead in 1:14.56 and continued to push the pace with his smooth stride. His run in the final straight was a triumphal race against the clock.



 

“I just knew I was in good shape…” said Rudisha. “I want to return to training for next year because 2011 will be a World Championships record,” he continued.
Rudisha’s record was the eighth World record broken in the history of Rieti. The last athlete who managed before Rudisha was Asafa Powell who clocked the men’s 100 metres in 9.74 in 2007.


The magic track, realized with the Mondo patented system Sportflex Super X is the most measured in the world because there is always someone that does not believe that it can beso fast, has seen Boaz Lalang clocking an impressive 1:42.95 to finish second ahead of USA’s Nick Symmonds, third in 1:43.76 (PB), and European silver medallist Michael Rimmer from Great Britain who dipped under 1:44 for the first time in his career with 1:43.89.
 

Jamaican Nesta Carter stole the sprint show with a fantastic men’s 100 metres, a 9.78 PB run which equalled American Tyson Gay’s world seasonal best from London Samsung League meeting, making the Jamaican the fourth fastest man of all-time.