The Olympic trials: David Rudisha runs laps of 52 and 50 seconds

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I have been trying to keep an eye on the Olympic trials taking place this weekend – and I don’t mean the events in Birmingham, for all the frisson of Dwain Chambers‘ victory in the 100 metres final.

The real action is taking place of course in Nairobi, where Kenyan athletes are selected on a strict “top three only make the plane” basis. Here are some of today’s results:

MEN: 800m
1. David Rudisha one minute 42.12 seconds
2. Timothy Kitum 1:43.94
3. Anthony Chemut 1:43.96

1,500m
1. Silas Kiplagat 3:37.60
2. Nixon Chepseba 3:38.00
3. Asbel Kiprop 3:38.30

5,000m
1. Isaiah Kiplangat Koech 13:09.80
2. Edwin Soi 13:11.11
3. Thomas Longosiwa 13:11.28

WOMEN
800m
1. Pamela Jelimo 1:58.48
2. Winnie Chebet 2:00.33
3. Janeth Jepkosgei 2:00.27

1,500m
1. Helen Obiri 4:06.10
2. Eunice Sum 4:07.19
3. Faith Chepngetich 4:08.53

5,000m
1. Vivian Cheruiyot 16:08.08
2. Sally Kipyego 16:09.29
3. Viola Kibiwott 16:09.45

It’s David Rudisha, of course, who will get all the coverage. 1:42.12, at altitude, and without a pacemaker. “Nothing is easy. … I have been working hard and that is why it looks easy when I ran,” he said afterwards. The other thing to notice is Rudisha’s lap times. 52 and 50 seconds – after running a sub-50 first lap recently in New York. To be able to produce a negative split, at that speed, is extraordinary.

The link below takes you to a short of Rudisha’s finish, starting at about 3 minutes in:

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