David Rudisha was nervous prior to the race, it was paused due to the rains. The Kenyan athlete has in time past considered the rain his weakness, regarding previous times it curbed his chances of winning, like at the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Milan 2010, Zurich 2012, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and in the Stockholm Diamond League earlier this summer.
However, that did not deter him, because as soon as the skies cleared and the track event began, Rudisha was eager to retain his 800m title which he first won at the London 2012 Olympics.
As the race began, his teammate, Alfred Kipketer bolted straight in what would have been beneficial had he been running a one lap race. However, Rudisha edged on, keeping his poise and eventually breaking his previous record of 1 minute 40.91 seconds to win in 1 minute 42.16 seconds. Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi and the United State’s Clayton Murphy came second and third respectively under 1 minute and 43 seconds.
Rudisha’s win is significant to him because the 27-year-old Kenyan spent the past three years nursing injuries that even led to him undergoing a keyhole surgery.
“This is the greatest moment of my career,” said Rudisha, “I had no doubts before, the feeling in my body was so good. It is wonderful to win my second gold because my injury problems have been very difficult. I have had to stay focused and positive. I dedicate this medal to God.”
David Rudisha’s win makes him the first man in 15 years to defend an Olympic 800m title, as well as makes him the first Kenyan to defend a title at the Olympic games.