It’s finally happened. Today in Berlin David Rudisha took down one of the most hallowed World Records in the sport as he turned two laps of the track in 1:41.09! I have yet to see the race or find any details other than the actual race results, but with second place a full three seconds behind it was clearly a solo effort on his part. Results state the rabbit took the field through in 48.65 for the first lap, which should have set Rudisha up for something around 49.0.
Kipketer’s record 1:41.11 had stood since August 24, 1997 – Rudisha taking it down just two days short of it’s 13th anniversary! AWESOME. Rudisha now has the #1 and #4 best 800’s all time, both run this season.
Note that in 4th place, miler Leonel Manzano continues his breakout season with a PR over 800 meters. Further bolstering what appears to be a rapidly improving US middle distance corps.
More details on the race as they become available.
Berlin 800 Meter Results
|1:41.09 WR||David Rudisha||KEN|