Rudisha wins in Lausanne as Chepkok sets 5000 meet record

Jul 01, 2011

David Rudisha produced another electrifying 800m run at the Athletissima 2011 - Samsung Diamond League meeting - in Lausanne on Thursday (30),and if anyone had challenged him over the final circuit and the wind hadn't been so strong his winning time of 1:44.15 would certainly have been much faster.

Instead the World record holder found himself racing alone after his Kenyan pacemaker and training partner Sammy Tangui stepped off the track following a perfect first lap of 49.48sec. That allowed Rudisha to power into the back-straight where his pace opened-up a gap of 20m with half a circuit remaining.

However, the World record holder, winner at this meeting in 2007 and last year, did lose much of his advantage down the final straight as Marcin Lewandowski and Amine Laalou fought a tense battle for the minor positions. Yet Poland's European champion who clocked 1:45.01 and Laalou from Morocco who finished in a season's best 1:45.11, never had any chance of catching Rudisha.

Despite his recent ankle injury retaining his Diamond Race title is also on his mind and looking towards the remainder of the season, he said:  "I have some good races in the coming period – Lausanne, the Kenyan Trials (16 July) and then Monaco 22 July and London 5 August. So there is plenty of time and some good competitions for me to be back at my very best.”

"Last year I was still very strong at the end of August and early September, I expect the same this year and in fact this injury may help me peak at just the right time.  In a championship year you don’t want to reach your peak too early.”

The 5000m saw Kenyan Vincent Chepkok smash the meeting record of compatriot Sammy Kipketer, when in a thrilling finish he beat Imane Merga and Eliud Kipchoge in 12:59.13.

The distance which has not been raced at the Laussane meeting for four years was always likely to see the mark of 13:01.93 Kipketer achieved in 2000 broken, and it was so thanks in part to a final last lap burn-up by Chepkok.

Chepkok assured himself victory with one final spurt just short of the line when he sensed a late challenge from Ethiopia's Merga, who had pushed him into third place in Rome. The Ethiopian had passed Kenya's former World champion Kipchoge for second place with 50m to run.

Merga finished in 12:59.47, while Kipchoge after a lean spell this summer set a season's best of 12:59.71.

Milcah Chemos, with a fourth 3000m Steeplechase victory, virtually assured herself of a second Diamond Race Trophy but the Kenyan was made to fight every inch of the way by three of her rivals.

This was the first occasion a women's 3000m Steeplechase has been staged at the Athletissima meet, and Chemos duly won in 9:19.87 with Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa finishing runner up behind her for a third successive encounter.

Assefa, who couldn't pass Chemos as she accelerated off the final barrier, finished in 9:20.50, while half a stride behind her, Kenya's Mercy Njoroge took third in 9:20.51.


Compiled from Iaaf