Rudisha 1:42.01 African 800m record in Rieti

Rudisha 1:42.01 African 800m record in Rieti

David Rudisha stole the show at the Rieti IAAF Grand Prix breaking the African record for 800m with a marvellous 1:42.01 which improved the long-standing continental record of 1:42.28 held by Sammy Koskei since August 1984.

The Rieti 2009 meeting is in the 14th position in the Competition Rankings.

Rudisha has become the fourth fastest 800 metres runner in history behind Wilson Kipketer (1:41.11), Sebastian Coe (1:41.73) and Joachim Cruz (1:41.77).

“I knew that I was in good shape and that I was ready to run 1:42. I am happy because I have bounced back after missing the World Champs final," said Rudisha.

“I come from a small village in the Southern part of the Rift Valley. I am coached by Father O’Connell. I started with the decathlon but I was advised by my coach to try the 400 metres, the distance I was used to run in the past. I started running the 800 metres in 2005,” he recalled.

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