David Rudisha To Make U.S. Debut

The 800-meter world-record holder will race the adidas Grand Prix. 

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World record holder and world champion David Rudisha will make his United States competition debut at the 8th adidas Grand Prix, part of the Samsung Diamond League, on Saturday, June 9, organizers announced yesterday.  Remarkably, the 23 year-old Rudisha will be the first 800m world record holder to compete on USA soil since Sebastian Coe in 1984.

“We are ecstatic to have an athlete with the star power of David Rudisha coming to New York,” said meet director Mark Wetmore, who is also an agent but does not represent Rudisha.  “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.”

Rudisha, who owns the two fastest 800m times in history (1:41.01 and 1:41.09), should have no trouble breaking Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s 2010 meeting record of 1:44.38, and could definitely threaten the USA all-comers record of 1:42.58 set by Norway’s Vebjørn Rodal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

“I’ve run in many great cities and countries, and to finally come to New York is exciting for me,” said Rudisha through a press release.  “I’ve been sponsored by adidas all my career and am very happy to run at the adidas meet in New York.”

Starting at 1:00 p.m., the adidas Grand Prix is the second half of a big weekend for athletics in New York City.  In the morning on the same day, the New York Road Runners will hold the NYRR New York Mini 10-K in Central Park, the world’s oldest all-women’s road race.  Fans can easily watch the Mini at 8:00 a.m., have a leisurely brunch, then head to Ichan Stadium for the meet.

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