Rudisha breaks 800m world record
SPORTS DIGEST: ATHLETICS: Kenyan David Rudisha broke the 800 metres world record that had stood for 13 years yesterday, clocking one minute 41.09 seconds at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin.
Rudisha snatched the world record from Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer, who set a mark of 1.41.11 in 1997 in Cologne, Germany.
“This was my first real attempt to break the world record. I knew I was good, I had trained very hard,” he said.
“Now that I have run that time, I can say I have the ability to improve and go faster.”
The 21-year-old retained the African Championships title over the distance last month in the fastest time ever run in his athletics-mad country, proving he was a force to be reckoned with.
Semenya tops in Berlin again
ATHLETICS: Caster Semenya returned to the scene of her 800 metres World Championship triumph in Berlin yesterday.
Following a storm of controversy as doubts were raised about her gender, she was cleared to run again on July 6th and returned to action with victories in two low-key meetings in Finland, clocking 2:04.22 and 2:02.41.
But she improved significantly to dip under two minutes with a time of 1:59.90.