Rudisha back on top of the world, Dibaba dominant

Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:36pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - David Rudisha strained every sinew to win gold, Genzebe Dibaba dominated in the way the Kenyan once did and Usain Bolt's second sprint showdown with Justin Gatlin moved a step closer at the world athletics championships on Tuesday.

While Rudisha's 800 meters victory was not a patch on the brilliant run that won him gold in a world record time at the London Olympics, there was a reminder of one of the great nights of that Games when Britain's Greg Rutherford won long jump gold.

Nicholas Bett showed finishing speed his compatriot Rudisha would have been proud of to win a surprise gold in the 400 meters hurdles and Cuba's Denia Caballero was a shock winner in the women's discus courtesy of her opening throw of 69.28m.

Since a serious knee injury in 2013, the once all but unbeatable Rudisha has looked vulnerable against fast-finishing rivals and so it was as much with relief as joy that he celebrated the return of the world title he also won in 2011.

"I am delighted about this gold medal," he said after crossing the line in one minute 45.84 seconds.

"It means a lot to me. Especially after all those disappointments I had this year. During the last month I had a problem with my speed but when I got it back I knew I could win this race."

Pole Adam Kszczot came closest to running Rudisha down and took silver, while Amel Tuka finished third to win a first world championship medal for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Genzebe Dibaba's family already owns 11 Olympic and world distance gold medals through her sister Tirunesh and cousin Derartu Tulu and the 24-year-old added a first at 1,500m with a stunning display of front-running.   Continued...

David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya (L) crosses the finish line as he wins the men's 800 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach