Judd impresses at Monaco Diamond League

19 July 2014 / 13:15

British 800m runner Jess Judd stopped the clock in under two minutes for the second time this season at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday evening.

Judd was just shy of her personal best, which she set in Oslo in June, finishing eighth in 1.59.99 in the event won by American Ajee Wilson in a new world leading time of 1.57.76.

And 19-year-old Judd admits she was hoping for a better placing in the race, but insists she’s showing the form required to medal in the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

“I always race to win so that was pretty rubbish, but I’m being consistent. I felt pretty rubbish, so if I can feel rubbish and still run under two minutes it’s pretty promising!”

The men’s 800m saw Brit Andrew Osagie match his compatriot Judd by finishing eighth in a race which saw six of the eight finalists from London 2012 competing.

Osagie crossed the line in 1.45.68, behind Botswana’s Nijel Amos, who beat out Olympic champion David Rudisha and set a new national record in the process.

Long-jumper Chris Tomlinson finished fourth with a second-round effort of 7.94m behind China’s Jinzhe Li, who won with a jump of 8.09m.

And Conrad Williams came home sixth in the men’s 400m in a time of 45.52.