ROME, September 7-Twenty-year-old Kenyan David Lekuta Rudisha signalled his arrival as a major force on Sunday when he won the 800m at the Rieti meeting in 1min 42.01sec, the best time in the world this year.Just two days after winning the same event at the Brussels Golden League meeting in 1:45.80, Radusha finished ahead of Alfred Kirwa Yego (1:42.67) and South Africa’s Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (1:42.86), respectively the silver and gold medal-winners at the World Championships in Berlin last month.
In Germany, Rudisha, the 2006 world junior champion, had been eliminated in the semi-finals.
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell returned to the track where he set a world record in 2007 to win the 100m on Sunday, clocking 9.99sec to see off compatriot Nesta Carter (10.08) and Britain’s Simeon Williamson (10.18).
In the 200m, America’s Wallace Spearmon, bronze medallist in Berlin, won in 20.27sec.
Jamaica dominated the women’s 100m and 200m thanks to Shelly Ann Fraser (11.18sec) and Kerron Stewart (22.62).
Compatriot and world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton took victory in the 100m hurdles in 12.78sec.