World record-holder David Rudisha was pushed in the home straight by Australia’s Jeff Riseley before going on to win the 800 metres event at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge on Saturday.
The Kenyan won in one minute 44.94 seconds ahead of Riseley in a world championships qualifying time of 1:45.29. Rudisha faced stiff competition from Australian Jeffrey Riseley and Rowe Alex who came second and third posting a time of 1:45.29 and 1:47.11 respectively.
Rudisha says that he felt that Jeff was at his heel so he tried his best to make it. Rudisha told reporters;
“I knew Jeff was coming, but I wasn’t so worried.I knew I was strong. It was a fast pace but I was strong through to the end.”
Riseley said he is yet to decide whether to focus primarily on the 800m or the 1500m this year.
“I just had to stay relaxed and hang in there and try and give (Rudisha) a crack,” the Australian said. He will go to a completely new level in three months’ time and it will be a completely different race. “But I thought tonight was an opportunity to get him,” he added.