Wednesday 25 April 2018

Rudisha strikes for sweet redemption

Cathal Dennehy

Kenyan stars stole the show on the fourth day of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing yesterday, with David Rudisha returning to his brilliant best to take victory over 800m, while Nicolas Bett caused an upset in the 400m hurdles.

Having struggled with injury in recent years, Rudisha had not been victorious in a major championships since the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but the world record holder powered clear down the home straight to win in 1:45.84 from European champion Adam Kszczot of Poland.

"After all the disappointments, this means a lot to me," said Rudisha. "When I got my speed back in the last month I knew, no matter if the final is slow or fast, I can win."

Bett, meanwhile, proved Kenya's athletic ability is not confined to the middle distances when winning the 400m hurdles title with ease in 47.79.

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba showed her rivals a clean pair of heels when destroying the field in the women's 1,500m final, the world record holder covering her third lap in a blistering 57.22 seconds en route to taking victory in 4:08.09 ahead of Kenya's Faith Kipyegon. "I told myself I am the record holder, so I was very confident in the last 400m," she said.

Greg Rutherford was victorious yet again in the men's long jump, the Briton winning gold with a best jump of 8.41m. "I've been dreaming of this day for a long time," he said. "I can't believe I've done this."

Irish in action


Ciara Everard - Women's 800m heats, 3:25am.

Ben Reynolds - Men's 110m hurdles heats, 4:20am.

Kelly Proper - Women's 200m heats, 12:15pm.

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