David Rudisha Pulls Up Injured at 2015 IAAF World Challenge Meet in Ostrava, Usain Bolt Runs 20.13 in 200

by LetsRun.com
May 26, 2015

800-meter world record holder David Rudisha, who missed most of the last World Championship year, 2013, with injury, is injured once again. Today, at the IAAF World Challenge track and field meet in Ostrava, Rudisha pulled up and grabbed his right quad a little bit more than 100 meters into the men’s 600-meter race.

You can see Rudisha pull up in pain in the screen shots below. Click for a larger image.

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The race ended up being won by 2014 World Indoor silver medallist Adam Kszczot of Poland, who edged by 1:44.84 man Mark English of Ireland late to win in 1:16.02 to English’s 1:16.14. 1:16.14 was a new Irish record for the rarely-run 600m distance. Coming into the race, there was talk that Rudisha would go for Johnny Gray’s WR of 1:12.81.

Update at 10:40 pm ET. David Rudisha has tweeted that is “not a very serious injury.”

Other Races

In the other mid-d/distance events, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop (2:17.38) was beaten by Pole Marcin Lewandowski (2:17.25) in the men’s 1000; Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel (13:23.72) was an easy winner of the men’s 5000, which he won by 3+ seconds; and Anna Mishchenko of Ukraine, who ran 4:01 in Doha, got the win in the women’s 1500 in 4:07.09.

Julius Yego smiles after his NR

Julius Yego smiles after his NR

In the field, Kenya’s Julius Yego set a new national record of 86.88m to win the men’s javelin, breaking his own mark of 85.40m that he threw to get 4th at Worlds in 2013.

The sprint action was led by Jamaican superstars Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt who won the 100 (10.04, wind +0.4 m/s) and 200 (20.15, wind +.8 m/s) respectively. The times were very modest by their lofty standards but the conditions were far from good (raining or at least a wet track throughout) and mid-50s temps.

In the 200, Bolt didn’t let up at all. He ran through the line and when he saw the time he just shook his head in disapproval. After the race, however, Bolt was more upbeat.

“I’m always happy to be in Ostrava. It’s one of my favorite places to run,” said Bolt on the TV broadcast. “It was a little colder than I thought it would be. I think it’s all about working on my technique and getting back into shape.”

When asked why he ran through the line and if that was a sign of a new, more mature Usain Bolt, Bolt replied pragmatically. “I just need to try to run myself into shape so I can’t be taking it easy.”

Bolt shouldn’t be too disappointed. He did crush American Isiah Young in the race as Young was second in 20.35. Young has already run 19.75 this year — just 10 days ago in Florida. Now that time came with a big tailwind (+4.1 m/s) but it still equates to something under 20.00 according to the conversion calculators.

Full results for all events in Ostrava can be found here.

Screenshots of Bolt’s race can be found below. Click for a larger image