Rudisha Runs To 800-Meter World Record

Posted August 23rd, 2010 at 12:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s a big Sonny Side of Sports salute for David Rudisha, Kenya’s new world record holder at 800-meters.  David clocked 1:41.09 at an international meet in Berlin to break the nearly 13-year-old record (of 1:41:11) set by Wilson Kipketer, another athlete from Kenya, which has produced so many of the world’s greatest runners.

The 21-year-old Rudisha has been having an outstanding season on the European circuit.  Once the pacemaker dropped out after the first lap in Berlin, Rudisha moved into a higher gear, exploding away from the field in the German capital.  “I saw I was inside world record pace in the final straight and I just went for it,” said Rudisha, whose family has a proud athletic pedigree.

David’s father, Daniel, won a silver medal for Kenya in the 4 x 400-meter relay at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.  David says he’s hoping to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.  At only 21 years of age, David Rudisha says he feels he has room to improve and can run even faster.

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