Stylish win for Rudisha in Glasgow
David Rudisha emphatically won the men’s 800m at the Glasgow Diamond League in his first race on British soil since he won gold at London 2012.
The Kenyan, 25, making his comeback from injury, set a world-leading time of one minute 43.34 seconds.
“It’s a great feeling and the track is fast. I really like it,” said Rudisha, who will return to Hampden Park for the Commonwealth Games later this month.
Jodie Williams ran the fourth fastest 200m in history by a British female.
The reigning national 200m champion, 20, finished fourth and recorded a personal best 22.60, which was the quickest 200m run by a British woman since 2004.
The race was won by heptathlete Dafne Schippers in a national record 22.34. The Dutchwoman, who had earlier won the women’s 100m B race in a national record, forced Olympic and world champion Allyson Felix into second.
The women’s 800m was won by USA’s Ajee Wilson, with Jess Judd the highest-placed Briton in third.
Judd, 19, said she hoped she had done enough to persuade Britain’s selectors to award her the third and final 800m spot for August’s European Championships.
The Canvey Islander was a disappointing fourth at the British Championships, which doubled as trials for Switzerland, but dipped below the ‘A’ qualifying standard in Scotland with a 2:00.01 finish.
Selectors will pick the British team over the next few days and must choose between Judd and Jenny Meadows, who was seventh in Glasgow.
Alison Leonard, second at the trials in Birmingham, secured her place in the European team with a personal best 2:00.08.
But it was a day when Olympic champion and world record holder Rudisha returned to form ahead of the Commonwealths after missing last season with a knee injury.
“I’m very happy because I was feeling OK and I was expecting to run the fastest time this year and I’m glad I accomplished that,” he said. “This year has been a tough year, a struggle.”
Rivalling Rudisha for the performance of the day before a 15,000 crowd was British teenager Matthew Hudson-Smith in the men’s 400m.
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala (44.71) won the race, but 19-year-old Hudson-Smith impressed by recording the 14th fastest time in the world this year.