David Rudisha sets new 800m WR!

Before I went to bed last night, I saw some tweets saying that 21-year old David Rudisha, this year’s world leader at 1:41.51, had broken the Kenyan-born Wilson Kipketer’s world record (at the ISTAF Berlin meet held at the historic Olympiastadion). I scoured the net for news articles and video clips, but I wasn’t able to find any.

Kipketer’s erstwhile world record was special. And a little out of this world, considering the fact that before Rudisha, only three men had gone below the 1:42-barrier.

One has to credit the superb pace-making of Rudisha’s teammate, Sammy Tangui, who ran the first lap blazing at 48.68s! Rudisha was alone at second place, with the rest of the pack comfortably behind. By the 450m mark, the Kenyan took matters into his own hands. He was unchallenged as he made like a man possessed to the finish line, rewriting the record books.

Additional link:

IAAF article

Photo credits:

IAAF

Video credits:

ISTAF Berlin

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