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David Rudisha: Athlete of the Year

Congratulations to Kenya’s own David Rudisha who won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards. 21-year-old Rudisha became the youngest athlete to ever win the award Sunday, succeeding Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after breaking Wilson Kipketer’s 13-year-old world record twice within eight days in August. Rudisha clocked 1 minute, 41.01 seconds in the two-lap race on Aug. 29 at the Rieti meeting, shaving 0.08 seconds off the mark he set in Berlin the week before. He will receive a $100,000 check. For all the sports fiends, here’s a treat for you: a list of a few things you may not know about Rudisha:

  1. He shares the same agent, Australian James Templeton, as World Indoor 3000m champion Bernard Lagat.
  2. His hero was two-time world 800m champion Billy Konchellah of Kenya. He said of Konchellah: “I have met Billy many times, and of course he is a huge inspiration to me.” Rudisha was born just 10km from Konchellah’s home.
  3. David Rudisha’s father, David, won an Olympic silver medal in the 4x400m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, who become a huge inspiration. “I realised I could run after finding out my dad used to run and it gave me the morale that if I did it then maybe I could also run.” His mother, Tamisha, is a popular Kenyan folk singer.
  4. He is the sixth born of seven children and he spends his time away from the track farming and herding cattle.
  5. He is coached by Irishman Colm O’Connell a member of the brothers of St Patrick’s Catholic order. O’Connell started out as an assistant coach at the world-renowned St Patrick’s High School for Boys in Iten, which has produced a host of top international including 1988 Olympic 1500m champion Peter Rono and the now former world 800m record holder Wilson Kipketer.
  6. Rudisha stands at 6ft 3ins tall and is one of the world’s tallest 800m runners.
  7. His first major international success came when winning 800m gold at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, where he earned the nickname “Pride of Africa” (which is the same motto as Kenya Airways, the national air carrier).
  8. He started out in athletics in 2004 as a 400m runner and decathlete. He said in and earlier interview: ‘This is common in Kenya – the athletes who are not distance runners often do decathlon. But the pole vault is not so easy.”
  9. His training partners include Commonwealth 5000m champion Augustine Choge and 12:48 5000m runner Isaac Songok.
  10. He is a member of the Maasai tribe famed for their bravery and steel. Source

Najivunia kuwa mkenya… 🙂


2 responses

  1. congratulation david ole rudisha no more words for you man keep it up.we are all behind you boy fly the flang even higher.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

  2. Inakaa watu wamekuntua file urefu inalinkana na spiti. Hapo awali walikua wanaonea ati lasma ukue mufupi ntio ukimpie mpio

    November 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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