Just a little before 5am today David Rudisha won Kenya her second Olympic gold Medal in Rio and successfully defended his throne as king of the 800M race. 🏅
With 250m remaining he kicked clear, establishing a decisive lead in a few strides before storming away to win in 1:42.16 – his fastest time since he simultaneously won London 2012 gold, smashed his own world record, and produced what Sebastian Coe later trumpeted as the moment of those Games.
This is what he had to say after the race
The feeling in my body was good. It is great to win my second gold. It’s so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career.
Two hours before the start of the race the heavens opened and the action was suspended for 30 minutes. Rudisha watched on, nervous. Rain is his bad omen. It led to him underperforming at the Berlin World Championships in 2009. Milan 2010. Zurich 2012. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. And in the Stockholm Diamond League earlier this summer. As his manager James Templeton explained afterwards, it is partly a mental thing. “But he also says to me, the body feels stiff, the legs feel stiff, I can’t get into my normal flow. It just feels different when it is cold and wet.”
But the skies cleared and Rudisha relaxed. He was ready. His plan was simple: to lead from the front.
He is still only 27, and his intention to win a third 800m gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looks a realistic one. Rudisha admits that it has been a difficult few years. But he looks forward to working hard and keeping humble.
Let’s hope he takes gold in 2020!