23 Aug '12, 9pm

All that Happened in 1:40.91, by Justin Lagat, note by Larry Eder: David Rudisha, 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun....

80,000 spectators at the London Olympic Stadium and millions of others watching TV screens at various places across the world witnessed the spectacular 800m event. The start gun went off. Seeming to take advantage of his long strides, David Rudisha immediately stepped ahead of his competitors and effortlessly continued to open a gap crossing the first lap in 49 seconds. Within 1 minute and 40 seconds, it was over! An Olympic Gold medal had been won, and a world record smashed. The significance of what just happened, to me, appeared too much to have all happened too quickly. Like everyone else, I agree that it was as a result of hard training and progressive runs of many years. But, for now I am only concerned with what this victory meant for Rudisha, Kenya, his community, and his coach, among others. First, Rudisha's performance brought glory to his nation and saved it fro...

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