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Rudisha! World Record! Olympic champion!

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 9- He promised, he delivered and how! David Rudisha, Olympic champion in a world record, his legend cemented forever and Kenya can finally celebrate their second gold medal of London 2012 on one of the best nights in the country’s sporting and indeed any history!

Mark Thursday, August 9, 2012 in your calendars since it is the day that the country’s most recognisable distance runner, 23-year-old Ol Tanki village born Rudisha stopped the clock at an unbelievable 1:40.91 to bag his maiden Olympic title and leave his own 1:41.01 previous record scattered all over the Olympics Stadium.

Compatriot Timothy Kitum ensured Kenya had two athletes in the podium when he ran a huge personal best of 1:42.53 to take bronze behind Botswana’s African champion, Nijel Amos who chased the disappearing legend to the line in a staggering 1:41.73 for silver

Rudisha’s powerful un-paced two laps to add the only title his glittering CV did not posses will surely rank as one of the most commanding individual displays in Olympic history, as he fulfilled his pledge to gift London 2012 with a moment to cherish.

Pending the usual world governing body IAAF procedures, Rudisha’s jaw-dropping scorching solo gun to tape run will be spoken off for generations to come.

Besides his own benchmark, Norway’s Vebjorn Rodal must have watched in admiration as his previous Olympics record of 1:42.58 set in Atlanta 1996 disappeared from the annals of history the moment Rudisha approached the homestretch with the clock reading 1:14.30 at the 600m mark.

In the end he did not need his trusted rabbit, Sammy Tangui, who led him through the 1:41.09 and 1:41.01 world records he ran in 2010 since he was watching alongside millions of Kenyans who stuck to their television sets to watch it all unfold.

Having tested his running machine without Tangui in running to 1:41.74 and 1:41.54 in New York and Monaco sandwiched between his stunning 1:42.12 altitude record in Nairobi inside a month, the freshly coined Olympics champion knew he was ready for his date with destiny.

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From the gun, the Team Kenya captain was quickly in front, going through the 400m in 49.28 before he opened up, opened up even more and finally, released the blasters to arrive in the line in a time that shattered another barrier in men 800m- that of dipping under 1:41.

So, in summary, Rudisha is the Olympic, World, Continental titleholder and former two-time African gold medallist.

In his slipstream, the ‘second’ race of the night was developing where two time world indoor champion, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan looked set to follow Rudisha to the line as he did in Daegu last year until the final bend when the chasing hound of the talented trio of teenagers homed in for the prey.

First, the Ethiopian who succeeded him in Istanbul, Mohammed Aman, 19, moved past before Botswana’s 18-year-old sensation, Nijel Amos the World Junior and continental crown holder assumed the bridesmaid role to the end.

Meanwhile, the second Kenyan and World Junior silver winner, Kitum came storming through in the homestretch for bronze, just falling short of catching Amos who dipped under the previous ceiling in 800m running, 1:42 for the first time in his young career, a mark Rudisha has now breached a record seven times.

It was a fitting end to the fastest final in Olympics history as the 800m running order was ripped apart and a new generation ushered in.

The marvel of Rudisha, who pumped the air in unbridled delight before receiving the flag and posing next to his new standard before he took his well acclaimed lap of honour had seen the Kenyan become the first competitor in the London 2012 track and field programme to break the world record.

Having promised London 2012 organising committee chairman, Lord Sebastian Coe a memorable show in his event, he not only paid his due but also crafted one of the most enduring legacies of the 30th Olympiad.

“That was simply an unbelievable performance,” LOGOC Chairman Sebastian Coe, himself a former 800m World record holder told IAAF.

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“David Rudisha showed supreme physical and mental confidence to run like that in an Olympic final. Instead of just doing enough to win the race he wanted to do something extraordinary and go for the World Record as well. Rudisha’s run will go down in history as one of the greatest Olympic victories. I feel privileged to have witnessed it in London.”

As far as Kenya is concerned, the medal tally reads 2 gold, 2 silver and two bronze, Rudisha adding to Ezekiel Kemboi’s men steeplechase top medal in the tally that counts.

As for Kitum, he was speechless after the race of his life.

“He had told me that he was going for the world record and advised me not go at his pace. He asked me to go through 400m at 50 to 51 seconds and I would be alright. I did not expect a medal but I’m so delighted I have one and to be part of history,” the Olympics bronze winner who succeeded compatriot Alfred Kirwa in the same podium position gushed.





  1. Lucy Wangoi

    August 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Thats the BOY of Kenya, my prayers did not go unansweared. I knew with you there is no going wrong and no turning back. You made it. Kenya was hungry for another gold and indeed the Kenyans. You made it boy and you have made us proud! though you missed a point i guess when the lady from TV Norge asked you who was the support you talked about, you said you do not know about support, i believe the support was GOD?. Keep up and may God give you strenght to carry on. Was watching you live fronm Norway. Was proud to flay the Kenyan flag high where i was with tears on my cheeks, people around me thought i was nuts, but i was happy, happy indeed for you and for our motherland KENYA!

  2. Arrogance Terminator

    August 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Congratulations Rudisha and Kenya! As an American, I am disgusted with ESPN and other sport outlets for not covering this amazing feat. We are consumed with watching and paying overweight fat-a** baseball players hefty salaries, along with our football and basketball thugs. ESPN is obsessed with Penn State pedophilia, Women’s soccer and Lolo since it is run by over-privileged frat pukes. Rudisha ran almost 22 consecutive 40-yard dashes in 4.61 seconds – that is amazing! Not some frat boy claiming hitting a 90mph is the hardest thing to do in the world (what a joke). The US is on the fringe of being financially bankrupt, funny how we are already spiritually and morally bankrupt. The Romans use to throw sporting events to distract the masses. Same thing here in the US. Good luck to Kenya and Rudisha!

  3. Apiyo Okwiri

    August 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks man! You have done us proud! Hongera, Rudisha kwa kurudisha sifa Kenya!

  4. Apiyo Okwiri

    August 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I am so disappointed by KBC by interrupting the Rudisha final and also the
    semifinal for the ladies. Shame, shame for letting down the over 80% of
    Kenyan viewers. Yes, Ecobank is your sponsor but interrupting the most important match of the day to air a commercial is GROSS!

  5. Gertrude Osinde

    August 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Well done my Brother, u did Kenya proud. Well done

  6. ABC

    August 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Probably should mention the race he ran at least some point in the first half of the article. Nice job, David. Mutwiri, not so much.

  7. nelson

    August 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

    great he deserves a heroes welcome, salvaging us

  8. Charles

    August 10, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Maze, that is are remarkable feat you are indeed the captain of team Kenya Hongera!

  9. Crazy Nairobian

    August 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Congrats Rudisha for making us proud!

  10. Japhet kirimi

    August 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Bravo to Rudisha, he deserves a heroes feast for his feat back home!

  11. kadide

    August 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

    oh yes,our Golden Boy had to Rudisha the gold.It belongs to Kenya yetu

  12. singha1

    January 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Thats bullshit, who are they to determine ‘national values’. I have my values and the crazy sensors have their values,but they should not impose their assumption of ‘national values’ to everyone.

    • joe

      January 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

      I concur with your argument. Who said ‘national values’ are my personal values! I’m not paying ‘national tax’ for these kind of f***ing s**t rullings from the KFCB!

  13. Partisan

    January 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I already Watched, i am sure pirates will put this to every Kenyan with a DVD. KFCB should stick to Papa Shirandula and Cobra squad stupidity, This wolf of wall street is very educative movie for the youth in relation to going out of their way to be creative and entrepreneurial. BTW how did they know it had sex content?

  14. Ki Mtu

    January 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Glorification and rewarding of corruption, political lies killing hundreds of keny and daily and you say less than 2 hours of fiction is bad to ‘our values’. What exactly are ‘Kenyan values’?

  15. IT OUT IT 22

    January 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Done to death cheap thrills from the decades STALE Scorsese.

    Reheated, decades cold droppings from Oliver Stone.

    Birdbath deep DiCaprio.

    TOTAL waste of time.

  16. dadama

    January 16, 2014 at 10:04 am

    That’s a sack of bullshit!!! I’m still going to download it from the internet and watch and there’s nothing the government can do about it!!!

  17. Doll

    January 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Downloading it already..aint nobody got time for KFCB!

  18. wanjiru

    January 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    eish, seriously? what are we, a nanny state then? Please Film Board, I’s a grown up, let me make up my own mind!

  19. Original

    January 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Kudos KFCB. I fully support this decision. For those who are offended by this ban, I agree that there are evils going on in Kenya just like in any other country. To permit more evils just because there already exists some other evils is despicable. Just how low can we go?

    • MbossWeh

      January 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Take your nanny mentality far away!

  20. anonymous

    January 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    we are not in north korea….an artist’s work should not be censored, instead let individuals choose what to view and what not to view!!!

  21. anonymous

    January 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

    im downloading now!!! let the kenya film(don’t know the whole name and not interested) sue me

  22. Joseph Wahome

    January 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Whoa. What complete nonsense. Logically, in order for this ban to happen, someone actually sat through the whole film, and then afterwards decided that other people couldn’t, or shouldn’t, sit it through just like himself or herself. This is the 21st Century, and such backward thinking is no longer acceptable. If anything, this ban will only ensure that the Kenyan Curiosity about the film will be heightened, and anyone with an internet connection will get it from the torrent sites. So KFCB can go get stuffed.

  23. Dennis King'ori

    January 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Kenya filwhat??!!s that a retirement home or a dumb ol’folks home?Its the 21st century,and to up your vocab here are two words 4 you, right after you google ‘how to google’…FAIBA,TORRENTZ!

    • joe

      January 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

      It is a retirement home! Tell me, what education qualities must you have to rate a film! Anyone can do it! Therefore, I don’t see any relevance in KFCB (Kenya Fried Chicken Board)!

  24. Betty Yegon Michael™

    January 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Total Bollox!

  25. Koclito

    January 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    these stiffs never learn…in the history of entertainment…whatever has been banned usually just increases its popularity…generally human beings hate being told what to do…on that note I now just have to watch it…they were better just shutting up about it…

  26. golditberg

    January 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Three well regulated Wolfs per county, per year, and railway projects zitajaa Kenya. I, suddenly, have a growing urge to see what KFCB or the COFEK of movies missed. Mara Esther Mwanyigah’s billboard is removed, sasa tena the biography of greed.

    I have to see it!

  27. MbossWeh

    January 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I have always maintained that, if the African child was exposed to liberating culture, where freedom, creativity, rebellion, history, the arts and culture were allowed to thrive, Africa would be a very different place. We have been confined to fears, intellectual boundaries, don’t ask don’t tell kind of culture that restricts broader thinking and understanding of the world.

    It is appalling that this NON-ENTITY calling itself KFCB makes such backward statements, purporting to be protecting national values. It is your role to empower people through film, not restrict and prescribe what is good and and what is wrong. Leave that to Clerics!

  28. mia

    January 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

    The movie is already online… so that makes no sense. infact it makes people want to watch it more simply becoz it is banned… if some1 wants to watch it they can… people need to realise it is 2014 and not the 60s anymore… welcome to life

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