South Africa’s world 800-metre champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has won the two-lap event at an IAAF World Challenge meeting in Daegu, Korea on Wednesday.
Mulaudzi, who dipped under the 1min 44sec barrier at the season’s opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar on Friday night, clocked 1:45.60 this time out.
Runner-up and first of a line of four Kenyans was Gilbert Kipchoge (1:46.01). Third went to Abraham Kiplagat in 1:46.02.
The meeting was officially billed as the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships meeting.
Mulaudzi was the only South African in the provisional start lists and placed third at the same event last year, behind Bahrain’s Youssef Saad Kamel and Bilal Mansour Ali.
Sprint legend Usain Bolt was the star attraction of the meeting and he cruised to a 9.86sec win in the 100m, the fastest time of the year so far and easily beating countryman Michael Frater in the process. His time was 0.28sec off this world record of 9.58 set at last year’s world championships in Germany.
Bolt will run the 200m at Sunday’s second meeting of the Diamond League series in Shanghai, China.