David Rudisha – 800m

Name: David Rudisha
D.O.B: 17 December 1988
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Highest Achievement:  800m World Record –  1:40:91
Coach: Brother Colm O’Connell
P.O.B: Kilgoris, Kenya (450km from Nairobi)
Interesting Facts: Rudisha is  From the Maasai Tribe, his father Daniel Rudisha was part of a 4x400m relay quartet silver medalist 1968 Olympic Games
Tom Fordyce of the BBC said of him, “He is the greatest 800m runner of all time and he may also be the nicest man in his sport.”


Photo: IAAF Gallery

A warrior returns home, Ashe Enkai (thanks be to God)

David Rudisha’s world record 800m run was made during the London Olympics in 2012. He was the first man to run below 1 minute and 41 seconds, recording a time of 1. 40.91.
He ran the first 400m in 59 seconds, running each 100m at an average pace of 12.5 seconds pace. His pace was consistent throughout, clocking 23 seconds for the first 200m, 25 for the second, 25 for the third, and 26.1 for the final quarter.


Photo: Sharing Dots

Rudisha was Born on 17 December 1988 in Kilgoris, Narok County a town located 450km from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. He went to Kimuron Secondary School in Iten, Keiyo District, which is known for nurturing several top runners including Wilson Kipketer, the previous 800 m world record holder.

Initially Rudisha  was a 400 metres runner, but his coach, Irishman Colm O’Connell, prompted him to try 800 m. In 2006 he became the world junior champion over that distance.

David Rudisha Running

Photo: The Enculturated Champion



June 2017 – Training Session – The humour here “this dosage you can try at home”, indeed:) 


In traditional Dress

Photo: Michezo Afrika


Race Achievements in Pictures

David Rudisha - 1st International Gold Medal

2006 – 1:47.40 – Age 17 –  World Junior Championships Beijing

Photo: IAAF


2007 – 1:46.41 –  Age 18 –  Africa Junior Championships in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

Photo: African Athletics


2008 – 1:44.20 –  Age 19 – Rudisha wins the Men’s 800m final on May 2nd  during the 16th African Athletics Championships at the Stadium of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


David Rudisha - VTB

2009 – 1:44.85 – Age 20 –  Thessaloniki, Greece Winning the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final.

Photo IAAF / Getty Images 



2010 – 1:41.51  – Age 21 – KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium 800m – 1:41.51  – this record placed him No. 2 all-time in the world for the 800m

Photo: Athletics Africa


2011 – 1:43.91 – Age 22 – World Championships Daegu, South Korea

Photo: Lets Run  / Track Town



2012 – 1:40:91 – Age 23 – London Olympics – 800m World Record –  1:40:91

Photo: Independent


2013 – 1:45.14 – Age 24 – New York Diamond League – Gold Medal

Photo: Getty Images



2015 – 1:43.58 Age 26  –  New York Diamond League – Gold Medal

Photo: IAAF Gallery


2015 – 1:45.84 – Age 26 – Beijing World Championships – Gold Medal

Photo: Guardian


2016 –  1:42.15 – Age 27 – Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Gold Medal  800 m

Photo: NBC Olympics



2012 – Rudisha Star of the Games – Sebastian Coe

2015  –  IAAF Profile

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David Rudisha Souvenir

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