• Aman upsets Rudisha in Zurich - Recap
» Thursday, 30 August 2012
Article source: Athletics
Ethiopian teenager Mohammed Aman beat world and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya in final strides in the men's 800m in the Diamond League meeting Zurich.
In cold,rainy and windy conditions Pacemaker Tangui was asked 48.5sec for the first 400m, but he managed only 49.59sec. After Tangui dropped out 300m to go , Rudisha found himself upfront with Aman right behind ready for a dog fight.
100m to go Rudisha still was in a lead until Aman made his final kick to win the race with a new personal best time of (1:42.53). Olympic champion Rudisha timing (1:42.81) came second and another Kenyan, Leonard Kosencha, completed the podium (1:44.29).
"The race was good, really," said Rudisha. "The race was fast and the winner acheived a 1:42.5 time and new personal best.
"My legs felt tired and I cannot run well if the weather is not good.
"I hoped for a fast race here and am a little disappointed. It is very difficult to get a good pacemaker to pace for a 800m world record, but this time it was good. It was the rain that stopped me."
Aman looked very happy after the race was done,
"I am incredibly thankful to win in front of this audience with a new personal best and a new national record," Aman said.
"This was the final Diamond League race and therefore a strong one. I am very happy and hopefully next year I will beat the world record."
Cold weather did not seem to bother Usain bolt in 200m as he smashed meet record clocking 19.66 seconds. Nickel Ashmeade who was second with 19.79 seconds was the only sprinter to threaten Bolt.
"I’m happy to run another sub-20, but I didn’t want to push my body," said Bolt, who will conclude his season in Brussels next Friday. "It’s the end of the season and you have to be careful." Bolt said.
Jamaican dominance in sprints continued as Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominated 100 meters.
Blake took a very confident victory crossing the finish in 9.76 seconds beating Asafa Powell's meeting record by 0.01s.
"I’m not surprised that after the Olympics I’m coming out so strong and so fast," said the double Olympic silver medallist Blake, "Next year I can even be better."
Women's 100m Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce upset Carmlita Jeter after loosing her in previous two diamond leaue meetings. She topped the clock at 10.83 seconds, a very quick time. Jeter came secondclocking very solid time of 10.97sec.
"We are very competitive whenever we race each other," said Fraser-Pryce, "This is my last race (of the season) and I really wanted to do well."
Elsewhere on the track: Only in final strides ,passing Amantle Motsho (50.33), Richards-Ross won women's 400m running (50.21). Men's 400m hurdle winner Angelo Taylor ran 48.29, ahead of Cuban Omar Cisneros 48.34 and Trinidad and Tobago hurdler Jehue Gordon 48.40.