Rift Valley

David Rudisha| The World’s 800m Champion

 Kenya’s Track and Field Star

 David Rudisha has dozens of athletics titles under his name.  This 25 year old is a world record holder and an Olympic Champion in the 800m.  He clocked an hour and 41 minutes in this race making him the first athlete to run that fast in the 800m race. Additionally, Rudisha has won the Track & Field Athlete of the Year award three consecutive times and he was crowned the IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2010.

David Lekuta Rudisha was born in Kilgoris, which is in Narok County- world famous for the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. He is the son of a 1968 Olympic 4X400m relay silver medalist, Daniel Rudisha.

In 2004, David started participating in more races while in Class 8.  The following year, he met Brother Colm O’Connell when he joined Kimuron Secondary School in Iten, which has produced great runners such as Wilson Kipketer.

Brother Colm O’Connell became his mentor and the force behind Rudisha’s professional athletic career. Rudisha started with the 400m race and got a silver medal in the East Africa Youth Championships in Arusha, but upon persuasion from his coach who had seen him in action, he began competing in the 800m race.

 Through the years, David Rudisha has competed in a myriad of international races such as the African Athletics Championships in 2010, where he came in first in the 800m, the Diamond League Race and the SF World Championships. Kenya’s eagerly await his triumphant finish in each race, because when he bags a gold medal the country moves a step higher in the medal rankings.

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on Jul 17, 2014

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