Rudisha beaten over 800m in Jamaica

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 11, 2017
  • David Rudisha in a past race.He lost to Willy Tarbei at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston.(Photo:SNA File)

Two-time world and Olympic champion David Rudisha was beaten into second by compatriot Willy Tarbei in the men's 800m at the second staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Rudisha bided his time in second before making his move on the final lap and looked all over a winner in the final 10 metres of the event, but Tarbei came storming on the inside to win in 1:44.86.

His winning time ranks him sixth in the world this year, while Rudisha's 1:44.90 ranks him at number seven.

American Erik Sowinski was third in 1:45.27.

The highlight of the evening was Usain Bolt's final exploits on local soil. The triple world and Olympic champion brought the curtains down on the Jamaican leg of his decorated career with a comfortable victory in the JN sponsored "Salute to a legend" men's 100m.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion and 11-time World champion clocked a moderate 10.03 seconds to win.

The massive crowd went into frenzy as the clocked briefly stopped at 9.65 seconds, before being adjusted to the correct time.

Bolt won ahead of compatriots Jhevaughn Minzie (10.14) and Nikel Ashmeade (10.18).

The 30-year-old, world's fastest man will officially hang up his spikes after the IAAF World Championships in London set for August 4-13.

Blake blasts fast 9.97

Teammate Yohan Blake signalled that he is back in full effect when clocking a fast 9.97 seconds to finish tops in an earlier men's 100m.

Blake, the 2011 World Champion and the second fastest man over the distance, got a clean break from lane five and powered away from the field to win in a positive 0.6 metres per second wind speed.

Rising South African sensation Akani Simbine was beaten into second in a flat 10.00, with Trinidad and Tobago's Keston Bleman was third in 10.22 seconds.

South African Wayde Van Niekerk clocked a new world leading mark in the 400m and meet record of 19.84 seconds at the second JN Racers Grand Prix currently ongoing at the National Stadium.

Bolt proposes 600m with Rudisha, Van Niekerk

Meanwhile, Bolt has proposed an enticing 600m clash between himself, 800m record holder David Rudisha and distance King Mo Farah.

But after serious consideration, Bolt reduced the distance to 500m and included 400m world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk. Bolt raised the possibilities while the athletes fielded questions.

Bolt, Rudisha, Farah, Van Niekerk shared the stage at the same time in an interactive question and answer session.

“I have two questions, one to Wayde. Do you feel like you can run 42 seconds?” Bolt asked. After a little hesitation, Van Niekerk replied: “Of course.” “That's what I like,” Bolt added.

Last year after training with Van Niekerk, Bolt encouraged and even predicted that the South African would erase Michael Johnson 400m world record of 43.18 seconds set in 1999.Bolt then turned the question to the soft-spoken Kenyan star Rudisha.

“What do you think?” Rudisha smiled, before saying: “600m, I think I would have a lot of advantage when it comes to 600 because I do sometimes 400m and 800. So I am right in the middle and Mo, I don't think you have a chance there. For 600m, I already have the fastest time of 1:13 minutes,” said Rudisha.

Compiled from JO