Mohammed Aman defeats Olympic gold medalist Rudisha in 800m

ZURICH — Ethiopian teenager Mohammed Aman trumped world and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya in emphatic style in the men’s 800m in the Diamond League meeting here on Thursday.

This race, Rudisha’s only outing since he won gold in London earlier this month in a new world record of 1min 40.91sec, had been billed as another chance for the 23-year-old Kenyan to better his own mark.

But no one had counted on the kick of 18-year-old Aman, who finished sixth at the Olympics but who importantly last year became the first and last man to defeat Rudisha since 2009.

Starting in lane seven with Kenyan training partner Sammy Tangui on his outside, Rudisha bolted past his pacemaker in the opening strides.

A grimacing Tangui caught up to act the hare, but missed his ambitious target of 48.5sec for the first 400m, going through the bell in a disappointing 49.59sec with Rudisha in hot pursuit.

With any chance of a world record completely out of the window in cold, wet conditions, Rudisha found himself in front but in a real dogfight with Aman, who kicked past the Kenyan world champion as the duo rounded the last bend.

Aman held on for a convincing win in a personal best of 1:42.53, with Rudisha timing 1:42.81 and another Kenyan, Leonard Kosencha, completing the podium (1:44.29).

Source: AFP

Men’s 800m

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
AMAN Mohammed
ETH
1:42.53
NR, PB
14
1
2
RUDISHA David
KEN
1:42.81
12
2
3
KOSENCHA Leonard Kirwa
KEN
1:44.29

 

Women’s 1,500m

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
AREGAWI Abeba
ETH
4:05.29
21
1
2
CHERONO Mercy
KEN
4:06.42
SB
4
3
3
ROWBURY Shannon
USA
4:07.14

 

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase

RANK ATHLETE NATION RESULT DIAMOND POINTS DIAMOND RANKING
1
ASSEFA Sofia
ETH
9:21.32
MR
15
1
2
DIRO NEDA Etenesh
ETH
9:24.97
5
4
3
AYALEW Hiwot
ETH
9:26.99
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