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ZURICH---After announcing his
return to the top with a second world
championship title in Beijing last
month, 800-metre world record hold-
er David Rudisha is aiming to run even
faster at the Weltklasse Zurich meet
Rudisha has had a difficult time since
breaking the world record at the 2012
London Olympics. The Kenyan missed
the 2013 world championships with a
bad knee and struggled to get back his
"It has been tough 2013, 2014. I ve
been struggling a lot coming back,"
Rudisha said. "I wasn t training well
and after missing competition, missing
training for a year, things change. My
body was like uh-uh, it was like it had
forgotten everything so I had to work
my way up there.
"But I was always optimistic about
getting back up there... The good thing
is to be strong mentally and I think
that helped me. This world champi-
onships was very important for my
comeback. I m now looking forward to
next year which is a big year with the
Olympics in Rio."
Unlike the wire-to-wire run in Lon-
don --- where he became the first runner
to break the 1:41 barrier for 800m ---
Rudisha landed the world title with a
tactical race in Beijing, but he has prom-
ised to test himself against the clock
"1:43.5 was my season best in New
Yo r k ," the 26-year-old said. "Since then
I ve been racing my races more tactical
because of my preparation for the world
championships, you saw I did a tactical
race in Beijing.
"Now that s over I m thinking of
pushing a little bit and seeing how far
I can go. I ve been training very well
and I believe I m in a better shape than
Two of the favourites didn t qualify
for the final in Beijing --- defending
champion Mohammed Aman of
Ethiopia and Olympic silver medalist
Nijel Amos of Botswana.
Rudisha will have to deal with Aman
in Zurich as well as Adam Kszczot and
Amel Tuka, who finished second and
third at the world championships.
Rudisha is one of 20 individual world
champions from Beijing who will be
competing at Letzigrund Stadium,
although the all-star cast doesn t
include Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin.
Sprint supremo Shelly-Ann Fraser-
Pryce will be there, sporting another
new hairstyle after clinching a third
world championship with her plaits
dyed green and a headband of daisies
around her forehead.
"Each time I get to the champi-
onships, it s like my body knows it s at
the championships," Fraser-Pryce said.
"Each time I start to think about my
hair, to change the color, I know it s
"I m hoping to do a personal best
Fraser-Pryce did not defend her 200-
meter title in Beijing but the two-time
Olympic champion in the 100 will be
aiming to get her first gold in the 200
at Rio de Janeiro next year --- after fin-
ishing second in London.
runner Wayde van
during a press
Rudisha to race
against the clock
in 800m in Zurich
CORTALS D'ENCAMP---Mikel Landa
of Spain raced ahead to climb the final
ascent alone and win the 11th stage of
the Spanish Vuelta in the Pyrenees
yesterday, while Italy s Fabio Aru fin-
ished second to claim the overall race
leader s jersey.
Ian Boswell of the United States fin-
ished third in a tough 138-kilometer
run from Andorra La Vella to Cortals
Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain is second
overall, 27 seconds behind, and
overnight leader Tom Dumoulin of
Netherlands dropped to third, another
three seconds back.
Landa chose his moment at the foot
of the Cortals d Encamp summit and
quickly built a lead of two minutes from
the pursuing group which contained
Aru and Nelson Oliveira.
The 25-year-old Astana rider said he
chose to attack without consulting his
team because he was feeling strong. "I
needed this," Landa said. "I managed
to enjoy riding my cycle."
"Aru has made a strong claim in the
overall race and let s hope he can build
on this and hang onto his lead so that
he can go on to win the Spanish Vuelta,"
Landa said of his teammate.
Tour de France winner Chris Froome
fell shortly after the beginning of a
mountain stage containing four cate-
gory-one summits and appeared to
injure his knee.
However, despite looking troubled
and shaking his head frequently while
on the four steep category one climbs
in the stage, the British rider recovered
sufficiently to finish the day in 15th
place overall --- 7 minutes, 30 seconds
Spain s state broadcaster TVE said a
motorcycle carrying one of its camera-
men had collided with a rider at the
beginning of the category one Collada
de Beixalis ascent.
Tinkoff Saxo later confirmed on the
team s Twitter account that its Por-
tuguese rider Sergio Paulinho had been
forced to abandon the race "after being
hit by reckless TV motorbike."
The Russian-owned team had pre-
viously said it was seeking compensa-
tion from Spain s Vuelta organizers for
an accident involving Peter Sagan and
a following motorcycle that caused its
rider to fall and retire during the eighth
stage of the race on Saturday. (AP)
...Aru takes overall lead
Landa wins 11th Spanish Vuelta stage
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