Sports Shorts

Dazzling Rudisha smashes world 800-m mark 

Kenya's David Rudisha stormed to 800-meter gold in a world record time yesterday to cap four years of dominance in the two-lap event with a brilliant run. With the 80,000-strong crowd in the Olympic Stadium roaring him on, the world champion scorched around the Olympic Stadium in one minute 40.91 to beat the mark of 1.41.01 he set two years ago in Italy. "I had no doubt about winning but I was waiting for perfect conditions to break the record," the 23-year-old told reporters. Nijel Amos of Botswana won silver in 1.41.73 to claim his country's first Olympic medal and bronze went to Timothy Kitum of Kenya in 1.42.53. All but one of the eight athletes in the field ran personal bests and the time run by Britain's Andrew Osagie, who was last to cross the line, would have been good enough for gold at the last three Games. (Reuters)


American Taylor wins men’s triple jump gold

World champion Christian Taylor produced this year's biggest jump to take gold in the men's triple jump in an American one-two at the London Olympic Games yesterday. Taylor produced a season's best mark of 17.81 meters to finish ahead of U.S. compatriot Will Claye, who took silver with a jump of 17.62 meters. Fabrizio Donato of Italy finished in bronze with a jump of 17.48 meters. Leevan Sands of the Bahamas, bronze medalist four years ago in Beijing, was forced to retire after injuring his knee on his fourth attempt. Taylor was already the leading jumper in the world this year with a mark of 17.63 set in June. (Reuters)


Kiryat Shmona learns Champions League fate today

Soccer's Kiryat Shmona will learn this afternoon who will be its opponent in the Champions League playoffs and last hurdle before the group stage. The draw will be held at the UEFA offices in Nyon, Switzerland. The Israeli Premier Leauge champion, which is unranked, hopes to avoid a meeting against Belgian champion Anderlecht or Swiss Champion Basel. Both teams are deemed impossible to get by, at least on paper. Three possible opponents that would be more manageable are Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb and BATE Borisov. Kiryat Shmona will play its home game at the new Moshava Stadium in Petah Tikva, as Kiryat Eliezer does not meet UEFA's stringent standards. (Eli Shvidler)