David RUDISHA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1988
Olympic Results

Biography

David RUDISHA

Kenyan middle-distance runner David Rudisha has transformed the 800m from a tactical game of cat and mouse to a prolonged sprint, as he demonstrated to devastating effect at London 2012, where he shattered his own world record to claim gold. Four years later in Rio, he became the first runner in 50 years since Peter Snell to retain the Olympic title at the distance. 

Following in his father’s footsteps

Born in Kilgoris in the Rift Valley and the sixth of seven siblings, David is the son of Daniel Rudisha, a member of the Kenya quartet that won Olympic silver in the 4x400m relay at Mexico City in 1968. “I realised I could run after finding out that my dad used to run, and it gave me the morale that if he did it, then maybe I could also do it,” said the 800m sensation of his father.

Tactical trailblazer

A pupil of St Patrick’s High School in the town of Iten, Rudisha was taken under the wing of an Irish missionary priest, Father Colm O’Connell. Having formerly coached Peter Rono, the 1,500m champion at Seoul 1998, and Wilson Kipketer, a triple 800m world champion, O’Connell was quick to spot Rudisha’s raw talent. By the time he won the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, the Kenyan had already made a name for himself with some impressive performances on the international circuit, though injury would deny him the opportunity to cement that reputation at Beijing 2008. Then, at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, he failed to make the 800m final after being boxed in during the semi-finals. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself, he adopted a simple and devastating new tactic: hit the front from the start, maintain a high tempo and cross the finish line ahead of everyone else.

Eclipsing Kipketer

As well as being a powerful front runner, the fleet-footed Rudisha also boasts a searing sprint finish, as he showed in Berlin in August 2010, when he ran 1:41.09 to smash Kipketer’s world record. A week later, he shaved a further eight hundredths of that time in Rieti (ITA). Then, in August 2011, he was crowned world champion for the first time, in Daegu (KOR), before winning the IAAF Diamond League later that year.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

G
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
800 metres
800 metres Athletics