Twenty-two year old Donavan Brazier earned his first major 800m medal tonight, and a time of 1:42.34 – breaking the 32-year-old Championship and 34-year-old United States records – ensured it would be golden. He also became the first US 800m runner – male or female - to win the world title.
He settled into his blocks wearing black socks emblazoned with flames, and moments later we found out why: at the BAUHAUS-galan in Stockholm on Sunday afternoon (10), the sixth meeting of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League, 22-year-old Abderrahman Samba unleashed another scorching, stunning display to win the men’s 400m hurdles in 47.41.
Who would have thought that without Chinese hurdling hero Liu Xiang present – not even for a farewell appearance – the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai would produce such a dramatic 110m hurdles? But that’s exactly what happened at the night-time meeting on Saturday (14).
World record-holder David Rudisha suffered his first home-soil defeat since winning the Olympic title three years ago as Ferguson Rotich won the 800m at the Athletics Kenya National Trials for the World Championships and All-African Games in Nairobi on Saturday (1).
The new event on the IAAF World Relays programme replaces the 4x1500m and sees teams sending runners out on legs of 1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m.
Two-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will return to Nassau for the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015 as the Kenyan team looks to replicate – or even better – their tally of three wins from the inaugural 2014 event.