Middle-distance star Rudisha to compete in adidas Grand Prix in New York
Friday, 20 April 2012
April 20 - David Rudisha will become the first world 800 metres record holder to run in the United States since Sebastian Coe in 1984 when he takes part in the adidas Grand Prix at New York's Icahn Stadium on June 9.
Coe, who held the record from 1979 to 1997, won silver in the 800m at the 1984 Los Angeles Games before successfully defending his Olympic 1500m title.
"We are ecstatic to have an athlete with the star power of David Rudisha coming to New York," said meeting director Mark Wetmore.
"Since we began in 2005 we've had almost all of the world's best athletes here, and now our fans will get yet another chance of a lifetime."
The 23-year-old Rudisha (pictured top), also the reigning world champion, has been almost unbeatable the last three years, with his only loss since 2009 coming late last season in Milan.
In 2010, the Kenyan broke Wilson Kipketer's 13-year-old world record when he ran 1min 41.09sec in Berlin. Just a week later he lowered that mark to 1:41.01.
In 2011, he recorded the three fastest times for the year, including a world-leading 1:41.33, and owns four of the six fastest times in history.
"I've run in many great cities and countries, and to finally come to New York is exciting for me," said Rudisha.
"I've been sponsored by adidas all my career and am very happy to run at the adidas meet in New York."
In its eighth year the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, will feature dozens of Olympic medallists and world champions – including the two reigning world champions at 100m, Jamaica's Yohan Blake and American Carmelita Jeter (pictured above), 2008 Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and three-times Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Wariner.
April 2012: Rudisha wants to take 800m gold and "make Lord Coe proud" at London 2012
August 2011: Mike Rowbottom - David Rudisha and Abubaker Kaki in praise of Seb Coe
July 2011: Rudisha and Kaki to play it again in London Diamond League meeting
November 2010: Rudisha and Vlasic crowned 2010 World Athletes of the Year
September 2010: World 800m record holder withdraws from Commonwealth Games