ISTAF Berlin: World Record, 800m in 1:41.09 by David Rudisha, August 22, 2010, by Larry Eder


 Rudisha, Lausanne DL,

On Sunday, at the ISTAF Berlin Meeting (not a part of the DL), David Rudisha broke the world record for 800 meters with his amazing run in Berlin.

Men's 800m: Following his pacemaker, Sammy Tangui, David Rudisha hit the 400 meters in 48.35 and continued running to break the WR of Wilson Kipketer by the smallest of margins, running 1:41.09! In fourth was Leonel Manzano, who ran his PB for 800 meters in 1:44. 56.(Remember, Rudisha ran 1:41.53 in Heusden last month).


Men's 1,500m: Silas Kiplagat won the 1,500 meters in 3:30.61. European Champion Arturo Casado was fourth, in 3:32.70.

Men's 3,000m:In the 3,000 meters, which was to be an attempt by Bernard Lagat at Bob Kennedy's AR for 3,000 meters, did not Come to pass. Tariku Bekele ran 7:28.29, with Bernard Lagat in fifth in 7:35.11. 


Men's 110m hurdles:Ryan Wilson won the 110m hurdles, running 13.27. AndrewTurner, the European Champ, was second in 13.30. 

Men's shot put:Reese Hoffa won the shot in 21.29m over Tomazs Majewski, 21.26m.

Men's discus:Germany's rock star, Robert Harting, the man who can make websites as well as throw the discus, won here in 68.24.

Women's events:


Women's 100m:On the women's side, Sherone Simpson won in 11.09, with little competition.

Women's 400m: Debbie Dunn won the 400 meters in 50.54, taking down Kaliese Spencer, the 400m hurdle specialist, who ran 50.64.


                           Semenya, Berlin 2009,

Men's 800m:In her first race back, Caster Semenya ran 1:59.90 . Christin Wurth Thomas was fifth in 2:00.61. This was Caster Semenya's,  the world champion,  first run since her win in Berlin in August 2009. Semenya raced a couple times in Scandanavia before her race in Berlin on Sunday.


Women's 100m hurdles: In the 100m hurdles, Priscilla Lopes-Schleip ran 12.57 for the win. In fifth place was LoLo Jones, who has had three sub par races in a row, running 12.90 here. She seems to be racing a lot and her reactions to starts, and her mid-race surge just is not there.The Canadians actually, Lopes-Schleip and Felician, went 1-2 here!


Women's high jump:Ariane Friederich, German high jump goddess and bronze medalist from Berlin 2009, won here, in a light 1.97m jump.

Women's javelin:Christina Obergfull won the Javelin in 67.57. Kara Patterson was third in 60.97m.

Women's hammer throw:Betty Heidler of Germany put the hammer out of the proverbial park, with a throw of 75.35m.


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