David Rudisha explains significance of Olympic Games in his glittering career

ATHLETICS David Rudisha explains significance of Olympic Games in his glittering career

Abigael Wafula 16:09 - 28.11.2023

David Rudisha has explained why the Olympic Games are special to him and will forever be in his story.

World 800m record holder David Rudisha will forever hold the Olympic Games close to his heart because of the memories he made.

Rudisha first broke the world record on August 22, 2010, at the ISTAF World Challenge meeting in Berlin where he clocked 1:41.09 to win the race.

He then went ahead to break his own world record, clocking 1:40.91 during the 2012 London Olympic Games which still stands to date. The two-time World champion then defended his title at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

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“Olympics are very special to me and one of the greatest stages one can compete on…I have so many memories of the event.

"That is where I made history in London 2012 where I won the 800m and broke the world record. I also defended my title in Rio in 2016.

"It is a special event and will always remain in my mind and will be a story for the rest of my life because that is where I hit the top,” Rudisha said.

The 34-year-old is also bubbling with excitement ahead of next year’s Olympic Games scheduled for Paris, France where he will particularly be following the 800m.

Rudisha revealed that he is expecting a good outcome since there are strong athletes who have come up in the two lap race.

He singled out world 800m champion Mary Moraa and silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi, noting that he expects them to do wonders.

“The 800m is close to my heart since it was my specialty during my prime. I’m very keen and will be looking forward to seeing young guys like Wanyonyi who did very well at the World Championships.

"We hope he will be more experienced and will be the one to watch. Moraa will also be trying her best to clinch Kenya a gold medal since it’s missing in her trophy cabinet,” he concluded.