Who can claim to be the greatest 800m runner in history? David Rudisha can. infact heis the undisputed 800m runner in history and he has the track record to back his claim. 2- time Olympic and World Champion. World record holder– he is the only man to ever run the 800m under 1:41. His name appears more than enough times In the list for the fastest times in the event, holding half of the top 20 times in 800m running. Rudisha is simply the best
Here are his top 5 moments on the track:
5. World Championships, Daegu 2011
In the previous Championships, Rudisha had been eliminated in the Semi- finals- this year things were looking to be different as he adopted his front running style. He was the fastest in the World that year and a favorite to win Gold in the championship. In an evenly paced raced, he stormed to victory edging out Sudan’s Abubakar Kaki.
4. African Championships, Nairobi 2010
The victory on home soil is always sweetest and Rudisha proved he was the best cheered on by the home crowd. He powered home cheered by excited Kenyans and as well leading a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium.
3. World Championships, Beijing 2015
2015 had been a trying year for Rudisha, he was not in his top form after undergoing knee surgery and the competition was fierce with Nigel Amos dominating the 800m circuit. Luckily Amos was eliminated during the semi- finals of the Championships. In the finals, Rudisha ran conservatively, leading from the front but taking it at an easy pace and a first lap of 53 secs- he was clearly running a tactical race. at the 550 mark when the rest of the field tried to charged past Rudisha, he paced up and held them off and from there geared up and ran for the finish, proving that he still had the most devastating kicks in the world.
Honorable Mentions- World Record breaking runs
ISTAF meeting- Berlin 2010
In 2010, Rudisha was in the form of his life, breaking world records days apart. on August 22nd, he lined up for the ISTAF meeting in Berlin, Germany- the world record clearing in his mind. He was hot on the heels of the pace maker and with a first lap of 48 secs was on course to break the world record. As the pace maker stepped off- Rudisha looked like a lone wolf in pursuit for the record- the field was far behind. He unrelentlessly attacked the record and ran a new World record of 1:41:09.
Rudisha later lowered the mark a week later in Rieti to 1:41:01
2. Rio Olympics 2016
2016 was a comeback year for Rudisha, Fresh from his reclaiming of the World Championship Title, he was out to prove that we was indeed the all- time greatest 800m runner of all time by retaining his Olympic title which he did in absolute legendary fashion. in a fast paced first 400m that was run in 49.28 (faster than the World Record breaking run in 2012. Kipketer strung the field around in that first lap with Rudisha closely second. with 300m to go, Rudisha surged forward with what would be an ultimate kick to the finish. The rest of the field could not draw him back and he emerged victorious, cementing his place as one of the greatest in the world and of all time.
1.London Olympics, 2012
Being the world record holder at the time (and still is), Rudisha was the favorite for gold. whispers of a world record attempt were in the london arena as they lined up for the race. His biggest rivals were Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia, Sudan’s Abubakar Kaki and youngster, Nigel Amos of Botswana. The race promised to be a thriller as the gun went off, anxiety engulfed the stadium.
With his long Masai striding accentuated by his tall figure, Rudisha led from the start, holding the inside lane and ran the first lap in a quick 49.28. With 300m to go it was clear that the rest of the field could not keep up with Rudisha’s gallant yet exhilarating fast pace. he was now running against the clock. his second lap of 51.63 ensured he had broken the world and olympic world record in a time of 1:40:91. A victorious moment for the Great Kenyan.
Legends a re those that dare to go and prove the norm is not enough and challenge the boundaries set by society to create something new- a new feeling, accomplishment and new hope. David Rudisha is one such individual form humble beginnings to undisputed World Champion. We Celebrate You!