Friday, August 31, 2012

David Rudisha - Shock Defeat in 800m Zurich

 David Rudisha - Suffers his first defeat with calmness

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 Z├╝rich'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. 

Aman told reporters, "I am very happy - alhamdulillah," Aman added. "And hopefully next year, I will beat the world record - inshallah."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rudisha Aiming to Break 1m 40.91sec at Zurich Today (30/08/2012).

Rudisha Immediate Goal is to break Wilson's 15 years old record in Zurich Samsung Diamond league plus his own record

Picture 1 - Rudisha with Kenya flag

Rudisha, 23, has not any race after London Olympics 2012. At the start of the year, Rudisha was not able to deliver much. However, over a period of time Rudisha’s has displayed speed over the past three seasons which shows that anything is indeed possible. His immediate goal is Wilson Kipketer’s 1:41.24 meet record set 15 years ago, still the fifth fastest performance of all-time.I don't think that Rudisha will try to lower the 1min 40sec barrier as he will be chased by three fast teenagers. Too fast out running could tire Rudisha at the end and this could mean losing the race. However, if the three push Rudisha all the way, going below 1min 40sec may become a possibility.

Rudisha told reporters, "try and see if it is possible" to run faster than the 1min 40.91sec he set at the London Olympics when he competes at the Weltklasse Diamond League meet. "That's what I'm looking for. This being my last race of the season, I just want to give my best," the 23-year-old Kenyan said.

Rudisha will use training partner Sammy Tangui to pace him through the first 400m.
"The last lap I do it myself," said Rudisha, whose programme is designed by his coach, an Irish missionary based in Kenya who has come to see the race.

"After what he did in London without a pace-setter, you wonder if he really needs one," coach Colm O'Connell told reporters. 

Rudisha will be chased by three fast teenagers: Olympic bronze medallist Timothy Kitum (1:42.53 PB, SB) of Kenya, Ethiopia’s World indoor champion Mohammed Aman (1:43.20 PB, SB), and another Kenyan, Leonard Kirwa Kosencha (1:43.40 PB, SB). Duane Solomon (1:42.82) of the U.S., who finished fourth in that legendary London final, is also a threat.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Birmingham's Samsung Diamond League Results

Mo Farah - Wins 2miles race but missed the record time.

Mo Farah, 5000m and 10000m London Olympics 2012 champion, ran in the Birmingham Samsung Diamond league, held on 26st Aug, He came in 1st in the 2mile race.  However, Steve Ovett long standing record which dates back from 1978, 8min 13.51sec, stayed intact and was not broken. Mo Farah did 8min 27s.24sec. 

  1500m Men
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:34.80 4
2 Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba KEN 3:35.09 2
3 James Kiplagat Magut KEN 3:35.74 1
4 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:35.74
5 Bethwell Birgen KEN 3:35.88
6 Nathan Brannen CAN 3:36.07
7 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:36.27
8 Matthew Centrowitz USA 3:37.93
9 Andrew Baddeley GBR 3:38.87
10 James Brewer GBR 3:39.59
11 Leonel Manzano USA 3:42.20
12 Charlie Grice GBR 3:43.46
13 Niall Brooks GBR 3:51.95

Gideon Mwangi Gathimba KEN DNF

Andrew Kiptoo Rotich KEN DNF

2 miles (Men)

Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Mohamed Farah GBR 8:27.24
2 Daniele Meucci ITA 8:28.28
3 Garrett Heath USA 8:29.43
4 Sammy Alex Mutahi KEN 8:29.57
5 Robert Curtis USA 8:29.83
6 Mark Kosgei Kiptoo KEN 8:29.96
7 Christopher Thompson GBR 8:30.19
8 David Torrence USA 8:34.27
9 Nick McCormick GBR 8:35.24
10 Jonathan Taylor GBR 8:51.99

Ross Murray GBR DNF

3000m Steeplechase (Men)
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Jairus Kipchoge Birech KEN 8:20.27 4
2 Abel Kiprop Mutai KEN 8:25.42 2
3 Donald Cabral USA 8:32.55 1
4 Haron Lagat KEN 8:33.17
5 Lukasz Oslizlo POL 8:42.38
6 Rob Mullett GBR 8:47.09
7 Youcef Abdi AUS 9:09.45

Hicham Sigueni MAR DNF

Alex Genest CAN DNS

800 Meters - Women Race 1

Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Tara Bird GBR 2:02.54
2 Emily Dudgeon GBR 2:02.74
3 Alison Leonard GBR 2:03.40
4 Rowena Cole GBR 2:03.70
5 Jennifer Walsh GBR 2:04.07
6 Claire Tarplee IRL 2:04.57
7 Carolyn Plateau GBR 2:04.79
8 Charlotte Best GBR 2:05.05
9 Claire Gibson GBR 2:05.83
10 Gemma Kersey GBR 2:06.11
11 Loren Bleaken GBR 2:07.89

Kelly Massey GBR DNF
 800 Metres - Women Race 2
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Mariya Savinova RUS 2:00.40 4
2 Pamela Jelimo KEN 2:01.43 2
3 Marilyn Okoro GBR 2:01.96 1
4 Maggie Vessey USA 2:02.01
5 Lynsey Sharp GBR 2:02.28
6 Winny Chebet KEN 2:03.20
7 Jemma Simpson GBR 2:03.33
8 Jessica Judd GBR 2:03.39
9 Molly Beckwith USA 2:03.79

1500m (Women)
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Anna Pierce USA 4:11.33
2 Laura Weightman GBR 4:11.79
3 Hilary Stellingwerff CAN 4:11.94
4 Hannah England GBR 4:11.95
5 Zoe Buckman AUS 4:12.28
6 Hellen Onsando Obiri KEN 4:12.98
7 Nancy Jebet Langat KEN 4:15.08
8 Elizabeth Maloy USA 4:15.26
9 Diana Sujew GER 4:15.75

3000m Steeplechase (Women)

Pos Athlete Nat Mark Pts
1 Mercy Cherono KEN 8:41.21 4
2 Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot KEN 8:41.22 2
3 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego KEN 8:42.74 1
4 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot KEN 8:43.75
5 Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru KEN 8:45.61
6 Julia Bleasdale GBR 8:46.38
7 Gelete Burka ETH 8:48.84
8 Emebet Anteneh ETH 8:52.89
9 Emelia Gorecka GBR 8:55.11
10 Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge KEN 8:57.06
11 Barbara Parker GBR 8:58.62
12 Tara Erdmann USA 9:11.59

Magdalene Masai KEN DNF