David Rudisha, " I still have room for improvement", by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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    David Rudisha, photo by PhotoRun.net.

David Rudisha set a world record of 1:41.09 last Sunday at the Berlin ISTAF meeting. Rudisha, who is the son of an Olympic medalist (his father ran on the 4 x400 m in
the 1968 Mexico Olympics), has run three of the seven fastest times EVER and does
not seem to have shown all of his promise. 1:40? Could be!



BRUSSELS (BEL): Fresh 800 m world record holder David Rudisha thinks that 1:40 is possible. "I still have some room for improvement. But there is no hurry, after Brussels I will decide whether to try for a fast time in Rieti on Sunday," he said.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Easy affair for Milcah Chemos in women steeple in the Samsung Diamond League final. In Brussels on Friday her main Russian rival Yulia Zarudneva is not competing.

WARSZAWA (POL): Polands Athletics Federation PZLA informs that shot putter Tomasz Majewski  and long distance runner Mateusz Demczyszak have been invited to compete for Europe at IAAF Continental Cup. Majewski will replace the local putter Nedzad Mulabegovic who got injured. The second representative is European Champion Andrey Mikhnevich who is not invited to the meetings because of his doping past. Demczyszak will run the 3000 m.

NEW YORK (USA): American marathon record holder and Olympic bronze medallist, Deena Kastor, is expecting her first child next March and will miss the 2010 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7.  The announcement was made jointly today by Kastor and the New York Road Runners. "I was looking forward to returning to New York this fall to attempt to fulfill my longtime dream of winning there," Kastor said through a prepared statement.  "Since my marathon debut in 2001, winning the ING New York City Marathon has been on my list of running goals." Writes RRW.

BRUSSELS (BEL): US 100 m record holder Tyson Gay is ready to change to 400 m and 4x400 m relay in future. That was announced by agencies. He improved this April to 44.89 at the distance. And he added that he would love to have the chance to run the 4x400m relay with the likes of US team-mate and two-time former 400m world champion Jeremy Wariner. "I still have to decide on the distances that I want to run. But I definitely want to run more 400m races in the years to come," he was quoted.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Special ATFS tribute. Sixty years ago, on 26 August 1950, at a morning meeting at the Cafe de la Madeleine in Bruxelles, Roberto Quercetani and eight other European statisticians (and two participants in absentia) founded the Association of Track & Field Statisticians. Many of those who contributed to the organization's growth and prestige in the intervening years have left the scene, but as evidenced by the nearly 200 subscriptions paid in 2010 -- the most in a decade, as best we can determine -- and the continued production by its members of national and international publications of statistical and historical importance, the A.T.F.S. continues to thrive and retain its relevance and value to the world of athletics. Let us hope that succeeding generations will continue to enhance this legacy. Writes Tom Casacky.

SZCECZIN (POL): This years EA Premium Meeting Pedro´s Cup planned for Szczeczin on September 7 was cancelled. It is because of disagreement of the city of Szczceczin and main sponsor. It remains open whether the outdoor version of Pedro´s Cup will return in 2011. But for sure the indoor event every year held in Bydgoszcz will be staged in February 2011. 

RIETI (ITA): Women´s hammer in Rieti on Sunday (IAAF World Challenge) will decide about the winner of IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge. Betty Heidler who is leading the standings is not competing (she is at DKB-Duelle in Neubrandenburg). Second placer Anita Wlodarczyk needs 75.01 to overcome her. Fabiana Murer is the star of pole vault and another Diamond Race winner Kaliese Spencer runs the 400 m hurdles on Sunday in Italy. Russian Anna Alminova is the 1500 m favorite and Jamaican Sherone Simpson over the 100 m. European Champion Tatyana Firova is the main name in women 400 m. Men´s hammer assembled all the best in the world (all three European medalists Charfreitag, Vizzoni and Pars with challenge leader Nazarov and former olympic winner Murofushi), here the final competition will be held in Zagreb on September 1. Local hero Andrew Howe is the top name in men´s long jump, in high jump last world champions will compete, indoor Ivan Ukhov and outdoor Yaroslav Rybakov. In the 1500 m another version from Brussels duel Choge vs. Kiprop is planned. The 3000 m will see world leader Tariku Bekele running against Eliud Kipchoge and steeple specialist Bob Tahri. Wallace Spearmon is the clear 200 m top name. The 100 m could bring fast times as Daniel Bailey, Ryan Bailey, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater are competing. Abubaker Kaki is not running the 800 m, so the way is free for David Rudisha (but Lewandowski is waiting for his chance).



RESULTS

MOSCOW (RUS, Aug 26): At Pudov Memorial CC 8 km race Andrey Farnosov won in 24:04 ahead of Dmitriy Safronov (24:06) and Aleksandr Orlov (24:07). Masters world record holder Vyacheslav Shabunin was fourth (24:08).

POTSDAM (GER, Aug 26): Michael Schrader leads after first day the German Decathlon Championships in cool conditions with 4027 points. Claudia Rath is the overnight heptathlon leader with 3437 points.

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