2011 World Champs/Daegu: Day 4, Session 2: David Rudisha Wins in 1:43.91, leads start to finish! by Larry Eder

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David Rudisha, 2011 WC 800 meters, gold medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net


A very thoughtful man, David Rudisha was difficult to hear when he did an interview at the AVIVA London Grand Prix in early August. Rudisha was very clear on one thing: he wanted to win the World Championship 800 meters title.

Running a very focused race, David Rudisha lead from the start, and did not look back. Hitting the 200 meters in 23.81, the 400 meters in 51.33 and the 600 meters in 1:17.99, David Rudisha won his first World Championships in style, taking the gold in 1:43.91.

Abubaker Kaki of Sudan, who had barely moved on after a disasterous first round in the 800 meters, went by Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia, taking the silver in 1:44.41. Borzakovsky took the bronze in 1:44.49.

Marcin Lewandowski of Poland was fourth in 1:44.80. Nick Symmonds of the US, who was boxed in with 100 meters to go, fought his way up from seventh to fifth, but could not get any closer, running 1:45.12. In sixth place, Adam Kszcot of Poland, the European Indoor champ, ran 1:45.25. Alfred Yego of Kenya was seventh in 1:45.83 and Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia, was eighth in 1:45.93.

Tuesday was David Rudisha's night: he not only won his first World Championships, he did it with style!


Watch for a world record attempt in the next few weeks!

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