Unless you’re an athletics nut you may not know exactly who Kenya’s David Rudisha is. But we think you soon will…
He’s the current world record holder in the 800m – his time of 1:41.01 (set in the race filmed above) very close to the equivalent of running two consecutive 50-sec 400’s. In the video, you ‘ll see how hard he goes out on the outside. Then watch how strong he finishes in the final 300m. There’s nobody near him; you get the feeling that with better competition (or a pacer on both laps) he could go sub-1:40.
Rudisha won the latest Diamond League meet (London, last weekend) and is odds-on fave for this year’s World Championships. It’s when he takes the Olympic gold that even non-track fans may notice him…and if he ever switches to the 400m (his original specialty and the distance favoured by his father, a 4×400 silver medalist for Kenya in the Mexico Olympics), he’ll be a household name.
Oh – he’s only 22.