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David Rudisha: London is calling

07-19-2012 16:22 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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It was at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, that a young Kenyan athlete, Daniel Rudisha stormed the athletics scene. The runner helped Kenya win the country’s first silver medal in the 4x400 meter relay. Now, 44 years later, history may repeat itself as Daniel’s son, David, takes to the track at the upcoming London Olympics.

In his latest performance at the Paris Diamond League meeting earlier this month, David Rudisha was one of five athletes to set a world seasons best. But the Kenyan failed in his attempt to break his own world record in the 800 meters.

At 6 feet 3 inches tall, the 23-year-old stands out among many 800-meter runners not just in physique but also in terms of trophies he has bagged over the last two and a half years. The world champion will soon face his toughest test yet achieving his Olympic dream.

In one electrifying week in 2010, Rudisha broke the world record twice, and in 2011 he clinched his first world title. But, Ethiopia’s rising star Mohammed Amman handed him his first defeat since September 2009 in Milan last year. Amman is the world indoor champion and Sudan’s world silver medalist Abubaker Kaki is considered Rudisha’s fiercest rivals in the middle distance event.

Growing up in Kenya’s south rift region of Kilgoris, David is the only child in a family of seven who followed in his father’s footsteps. In 2008 an injury denied him his Olympics debut, but in 2012 it’s London that is calling.

Many of his countrymen will be hoping he can achieve his dream and in the process defend a title won by Kenya’s Wilfred Bungei in 2008.

David Rudisha runs at Paris Diamond League.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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