Athletics Briefs: Rudisha to miss Delhi, Masai and Sihine set for Dam tot Damloop...

NAIROBI (KEN): The World record holder and African champion at 800m David Rudisha will skip the Commonwealth Games due in Delhi next month, citing fatigue, reports The Nation.
“I have come to realise that, in this profession, you do not need to wait for your body to tell you when to stop but rather have the instict to stop when it is required,” he was quoted.

Athletics Kenya (AK) has since agreed to the request and settled on Abraham Kiplagat, second at the national trials, to fill the place.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Kenyan Moses Masai and Ethiopian Sileshi Sihine are the big names announced for the Dam tot Damloop in Amsterdam on September 19th.

Masai won the World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico earlier this year while Sihine is slowly building his career in road racing after being a double Olympic silver medalist on the track.

In the women’s race, which starts exactly 5.46 minutes before the men’s race, Lornah Kiplagat and Doris Changeiywo have high hopes of winning the race. Also Hilda Kibet is announced for the race but she has withdrawn from the Tilburg Ten Miles this weekend.

DIAMOND LEAGUE: Best results according to IAAF Scoring Table in the 2010 inaugural Samsung Diamond League are Tyson Gay´s 100 m 9.78 in London worth of 1297 points and on the women side the 52.82 of Lashinda Demus in Rome at 400 m hurdles worth of 1242 points.

In men events Gay is the best in section sprints/hurdles, in middle distances the 1:42.04 of David Rudisha in Oslo valued at 1261 points.

In long distances the best points score of 1263 for Brimin Kipruto and his 8:00.90 in the Paris steeple. Best jumps results is the 17.98 of Teddy Tamgho in New York worth of 1262 and in throws the 22.41 in shot put by Christian Cantwell (1265 points).

In women groups of events Demus is the best in section sprints/hurdles. Russian Anna Alminova has the best result in middle distances with her 3:57.65 1500 m win in Paris (1224), in long distances Vivian Cheruiyot and her 14:27.41 in the 5000 m also in Paris (1232).

Best result in jumps was the 203 clearance in Rome by Blanka Vlasic and Chaunte Howard (1226). In throws the best result is the javelin of Mariya Abakumova 68.89 in Doha (1238).

[Courtesy of Alfons Juck /EME News]

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