» David Lekuta Rudisha: Two times World Recordman in 800m this season!
David Lekuta Rudisha: Two times World Recordman in 800m this season!
|The Kenyan who was born in Kovai in 1988, and trained at the St. Francis Kimuron Secondary School in Iten, is today the new World record holder in the 800m in 1:41.01. This talented athlete was initially a 400m runner (400m PB 45.5), while his coach, Colm O'Connell, promoted him to the 800m. In 2006, he became the World Juniors Champion over that distance. His father, Daniel Rudisha, won the silver medal in 1968 at the Olympics as part of the Kenyan 4x400m Relay team.
In September 2009, Rudisha won the IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Italy setting a new African Record of 1:42.01, beating the 25 years old record of 1:42.28 set by Sammy. One year later, he competed at the Samsung Diamond League where he took on Abubaker Kaki Khamis to finish in the top of the league. He also defeated the 31 years old meet record set by Sebastian Coe stopping the clock at 1min42.04. He set a new PB on July 10 at the KBC Night of Athletics that placed him 2nd in the 800m top ten of all time.
In August 22, he broke the World record for the 1st time running the 800m in 1:41.09 (ex record 1:41.11 held by Wilson Kipketer) at the ISTAF IAAF World Challenge meet in Berlin. He claimed that it was "his first REAL attempt" to break the world record, and that he was capable of improving the time. As he said, one week later, he set a New World Record of 1:41.01 in Riety, Italy, his second this season.
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