David Rudisha is rounding into form quite nicely in his return from injury, while Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have more competition as they get back to full strength.
The Kenyan Rudisha won an 800m race in 1 minute 43.34 seconds at a Diamond League meet in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. The Olympic champion and world-record holder prevailed by 2.31 seconds, less than two months into his competitive return from a knee injury that sidelined him for more than one year.
“I was expecting to run the fastest time this year in the 800 meters,” Rudisha told the BBC. “I’m glad I accomplished that.”
His time matched the world lead by countryman Asbel Kiprop, who may eye the 1500m world record at the next Diamond League stop in Monaco on Friday.
Rudisha’s world record, set at the 2012 Olympics, is 1:40.91.
Two other London Olympic champions, recently beset by injuries, were run down in sprints Saturday.
Felix was edged by .01 by Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers in the 200m. Schippers broke the Dutch national record after breaking the national record in the 100m earlier in the day.
Felix, working her way back from a torn hamstring at last year’s World Championships, lost by .02 in a 200m in Paris one week earlier and is the fourth-fastest American this year.
Fraser-Pryce fell behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, who won in 11.01 to stay undefeated this season, according to the BBC. Fraser-Pryce won 2012 Olympic and 2013 Worlds 100m gold. Ahye, who didn’t advance past the Olympic or Worlds semifinals, is the fastest woman this year.
Still, Fraser-Pryce’s time on Saturday was her best this year, moving to No. 18 in the world after a left leg injury hampered her early season.
“It has been a rough two months for me, but I’m really pleased today that I executed,” Fraser-Pryce told the BBC.
Queen Harrison won the 100m hurdles in 12.58, followed by Lolo Jones (12.68) and Olympic champion Sally Pearson (12.87). World leader Dawn Harper-Nelson and World champion Brianna Rollins were not in the field.
Fabiana Murer continues to look like Brazil’s top track and field athlete as the Rio 2016 Olympics approach 750 days to go. She won her second straight Diamond League pole vault, clearing 4.65m and beating Olympic gold and silver medalists Jenn Suhr and Yarisley Silva.
Emma Coburn broke the American record in the 3000m steeplechase with her second-place 9:11.42, making her the third-fastest woman this year and 11th all time.
Olympic champion Christian Taylor got the better of Will Claye in their ongoing triple jump rivalry, 17.36m to 17.27m.