Olympic 800 metres champion David Rudisha suffered a shock defeat at the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting on Thursday. Kenyan Rudisha, who also set a new world record to win gold in London, lost out to Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman on a chilly and wet evening in Zurich.
In rainy and cold conditions at Zürich's Letzigrund Stadium, David Rudisha ran his final race of the season.
Aman did 1:42.53, while David Rudisha did 1:42.81. The race was Rudisha's only loss during at 800 meters during 2012 season where he won nine previous races, including heats.
"The race was really good," the always gracious Rudisha told reporters. "My legs felt tired and I cannot run good if the weather is not good. I hoped for a fast race here and am a little bit disappointed. It is very difficult to get a good pacemaker to pace for a 800m world record, but this time it was good. It was the rain who stopped me."
Sammy Tangui brought Rudisha to a 49.59. The latter was two strides behind. The mighty Kenyan had a solid lead after Tangui dropped out a few meters after the bell, but Aman began to catch him on the backstretch, and finally made the pass with about 30 meters to go. Aman, the reigning world indoor champion, set an Ethiopian record with his victory.