King David Rudisha has once again grabbed a gold medal for Kenya at the Rio Olympics after defending his title in the men’s 800m at Rio Olympic on Tuesday.
This was after Rudisha led in the last 200 metres of the race with a breakneck speed that shocked other competitors, as well as the entire sporting world.
Rudisha edged other runners in a time of 1:42.15, the fastest time since he set the 2012 world record in London finishing in a time of 1:40.91.
Two other Kenyans, Alfred Kipketer and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich also took part in the most recent race but finished poorly.
Rotich took the 5th while Kipketer, who did better in 200m, finished 7th in the race.
For retaining his title, King David Rudisha – as he is commonly called – becomes the only second athlete to have ever done that in the 800 metres.
He took the title in Beijing, China in 2015, after he won it for the first time in another Chinese city of Daegu in 2011.
A lot of pundits never expected him to perform this well, given that he had suffered injuries and loss of form during training sessions. Speaking after the race, Rudisha dedicated his victory to his fans all over the world and especially from Kenya.
“I dedicate this win to all my fans all over the world and above all to my country; Kenya. To all those who woke up at 4am to watch the race and for all your steadfast support throughout the years.”
This is the second gold to Kenya as the country received its first on Sunday when Jemima Sumgong won the women’s marathon event. Kenya has also won three silver medals at the Rio Olympics – the first one was grabbed by Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s 10000 metres.
Paul Tanui earned the other silver in the men’s 10000 metres after he came second in Men’s 10000 metres behind Mohamed Farah of Great Britain.
The third silver medal was won by Hyvin Jepkemoi in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase. Jepkemoi finished behind Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet who now represents Bahrain.