47 and 51 equate to over a 2 sec. improvement in the WR. Not possible, even for Rhodesia. I often run with a former 800 guy who once went out in 48. He has never talked about the second half.
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In an attempt to go sub 1:40 in Zurich Tangui will go out in 48.5 or a bit faster. DR usually is 0.50 behind his friend. I wonder if a byproduct of that pace might be Tangui getting under 73 and with-in a tick of Johnny Grays world best of 72.8something. One way or another Tangui will have to run the second best 600m ever to get to 600 in 1:13 low
Unfortunately that would require Tangui to continue pacing past 450 meters, which he essentially never does when rabbiting Rudisha.
Tangui went through in 48.2 in Rieti.
He should set a sub 48 in Zurich. What the hell. If anyone can survive that pace, Rudisha can. He'll never know if he doesn't try.
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Tangui scents new record in Zurich for Rudisha
Updated Saturday, August 11 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3
By Chris musumba
Any doubts on who the king of 800m is have been answered with a World and Olympic record (1:40.91) run of David Rudisha at the London Games.
But if you thought that was how fast Rudisha could go, you may be wrong. Sammy Tangui, Rudisha’s trusted pace maker, credited for his two previous records, has let the cat out of the bag saying a 1:39 run is in the pipeline at the either Zurich Diamond League or in Rieti, Italy next month.
“I was surprised by his decision to attack the world record at the Olympics. We had not discussed about this, not even the manager James Templeton was aware of it.
“But that shows the confidence and form Rudisha enjoys at the moment. We have since discussed with the manager and we plan to lower that record to a sub one minute 40 seconds in Zurich or Rieti. I’m happy that Timothy Kitum also scooped bronze and left the Ethiopian without a medal, he has been avoiding to race in any event Rudisha is entered.
“While there was no money incentive for Rudisha in breaking the record, in Zurich and Rieti there will be $100,000 at stake should he improve on that mark,” said Tangui.
Meanwhile, Daniel Rudisha, the 1968 4x400m Relay silver medallist, said his son had earned his admiration and recognition and deserves to ascend to the throne as the king of athletics in the family.
“I waited late to see him race. He did this family proud. Everyone in Maasai, Kenya and Africa is happy. He has now graduated to the throne and now deserve to be called the greatest,” said senior Rudisha.
Former World 800m champion Billy Konchellah congratulated Rudisha on his feat.
“Breaking the world record was sensational. Rudisha is in his own class. But we will not crown him as a legend, maybe the greatest. The Olympic title was the target, the record was a bonus,” said Konchellah.
Rudisha has now broken the record three times, equaling Sebbastian Coe feat. He holds eight of the 11 fastest times
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Rudisha to tackle record in Zurich Diamond League
2012-08-10 17:40:24 GMT2012-08-11 01:40:24(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
NAIROBI, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion David Rudisha's sensational run to set a new world record of 1:40.91 has given the athletics critics a new imagination of how low the world record can go.
Rudisha's trusted training partner and pace setter Sammy Tangui has even suggested the duo are scheming to bring the world record down to 1:39 in either Zurich or Rieti, Italy in September depending on the weather condition.
"To be frank, Rudisha even surprised me. We had talked of a fast race, but not a record. He must have been pushed so hard and he showed them how good he can run. It certainly proves that he is cruising at his best and the record is slowly falling in place again.
"The price will be right when he attempts to tackle the record in Zurich Diamond league or in Rieti. There is about 100,000 U.S. dollars at stake and that is inspiration enough to make us break it," Tangui told Xinhua in Nairobi on Friday.
Rudisha has set the 8 fastest time with 4 of them being under the 1:42 mark. Only 4 people Rudisha, Britain's Sebastian Coe, Wilson Kipketer (Denmark) and Nijel Amos, the silver medallist at London Olympics have been lucky to deep under the 1:42 mark.
Rudisha, who missed the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with a tendon injury, has proved to be a true champion as he has gone on to clinch the world title in Daegu, World Continental title in Split City of Croatia and the Africa crown in Nairobi in 2010.
In the process he has also broken the world record on 3 occasions equalling Coe's record. He first broke the record in Berlin in September 2010 stopping he clock at 1:41.09 ending Kipketer's 14-year reign (1:41.11).
A week later he set a new mark in Rieti 1:41.01. Tangui set up both records. It is only in London that he caught the world by surprise to become the first athlete on track to win the Olympic title in a world record breaking time.
"We have discussed the issue of setting the record with the manager (Australian James Templeton) and we agreed that we do it in Zurich. But that is depended on the weather. But Rieti has a really fast track and it is there that we will have our second attempt," he said.
"In Zurich, Rudisha will run with the breaks on in the first lap because we are eying him to win the Diamond Race. But that does not mean that it will be a slow race. Running 1:39 is now very possible and this year we will do it," said Tangui.
Beijing 800m champion Wilfred Bungei, speaking from London on phone to Xinhua, said Rudisha' split running was perfect and he was certain after the 400m mark that the Kenyan would break the world record.
"Absolutely right. I had seen it coming. At the bell, the Ethiopian (Mohammed Aman and Sudan's Abubakar Kaki) were trying to close him down. But he accelerated and from that instance, I saw him heading for the record. What a race for Kenya," said Bungei.
Aman was the only man to beat Rudisha in Rome after last year's season in a rainy track. But the Kenyan has remained undisputed in over three years now.
But both teenagers Timothy Kitum (bronze) and Nigel Amos (silver) who followed Rudisha through to the podium will be the future of 800m once the King retires