Track and Field

David Rudisha Sets World Record in Men's 800-Meter Dash Win

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya celebrates with his country's national flag after winning gold and setting a new world record of 1.40.91 in the Men's 800m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 9, 2012

In what was anything but a surprise, David Rudisha of Kenya took home the gold medal in the men's 800-meter race.

Rudisha may have been the clear favorite to win the middle-distance race, but he followed through in absolute style (via ESPN UK):

WORLD RECORD: David Rudisha breaks the men's 800m record to claim gold!

— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) August 9, 2012

With a time of one minute, 40.91 seconds, the 23-year-old Kenyan broke his own record that he had previously set twice already. It was truly one of the most impressive performances of these Games. 

What made the world-record time even more impressive is that Rudisha couldn't have put forth anything less. His competition was far from lacking.

Nigel Amos of Botswana, who took home silver with a time of one minute, 41.73 seconds, set a national record. Rudisha's countryman, 17-year-old Timothy Kitum, took home bronze by setting a personal best. 

Three more of the eight competitors set personal bests, and one more set a seasonal best.

Nonetheless, Rudisha, who is quite possibly more dominant at his trade than Usain Bolt in the sprints or any middle distance runner ever, took care of his business in ridiculous fashion.

The Daegu 2011 World Champion adds an Olympic gold to his resume, but don't be surprised if he racks up many more medals in his future. 

After the race, Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden tried to get across just how impressive Rudisha was:

I wonder if all the people here in Oly Stadium to witness Bolt realize what they just saw. Rudisha, man.

— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) August 9, 2012

After just 400 meters (one lap of the track), Rudisha already had a big lead, and he only got faster as time went on, eventually winning by just under a second.

 

Official Results (courtesy of london2012.com)

Rank Athlete Country Time
1 David Rudisha Kenya 1:40.91
2 Nijel Amos Botswana 1:41.73
3 Timothy Kitum Kenya 1:42.53
4 Duane Solomon United States 1:42.82
5 Nick Symmonds United States 1:42.95
6 Mohammed Aman Ethiopa 1:43.20
7 Abubaker Kaki Sudan 1:43.32
8 Andrew Osagie Great Britain 1:43.77

 

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