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Rudisha, Aman to collide in Lausanne meet

Wednesday June 24 2015

David Rudisha of Kenya wins the Men's 800m final during the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island on June 13, 2015 in New York City. PHOTO | AL BELLO |

David Rudisha of Kenya wins the Men's 800m final during the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island on June 13, 2015 in New York City. PHOTO | AL BELLO |  AFP

AYUMBA AYODI
By AYUMBA AYODI
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Olympic champion and world 800m record-holder David Rudisha has confirmed that he will compete at the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League on July 9.

Rudisha, 26, romped back from an injury with victory at the New York Diamond League meet with a World Lead of 1 minute 43.58 on June 13.

The former world champion covered the first lap in 50.1 seconds before gliding to victory, outclassing home athlete Boris Berian (1:43.84) and Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (1:43.88) who finished second and third respectively.

Rudisha had limped out of his 600m race at the IAAF World Challenge in Ostrava on May 26 with an injury, which saw him miss the Birmingham meet on June 7.

“I have fully recovered from the hamstring strain I suffered during the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting last month. I can say 1:43.58 was a good start for now. But I'm building on it gradually as I prepare for the World Championships,” said Rudisha, who is back in Iten for his training under coach Colm O'Connell.

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“I am happy to be back to Iten, my training ground since 2005. It’s a beautiful place with a wonderful scenery for inspiration.”

New York’s victory was Rudisha’s third 800m race of season after winning at the Sydney Track Classic in 1:45.01 on March 14 and Melbourne Classic (1:44.94) on March 21 in Australia.

TOUGH OPPOSITION

A year after being crowned World champion in Daegu, Rudisha ran a memorable race at the 2012 Olympic final in London when he took the lead right after the start and kept it until the end to run a race all by himself in which he set a stunning new world record of 1:40.91.

This was certainly one of the highlights of the 2012 Games. After 2007, 2010 and 2011, it will be his 4th appearance in Lausanne. Having won the event each time in an impressive way, he will for sure have the same goal in mind this time around.

Rudisha will face opposition from reigning World champion Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia), and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, the French 800m national record-holder and new 1000m U23 European record-holder in what promises to be a cracker.

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