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10 Aug 2012

Outstanding Rudisha!

The Kenyan middle distance runner exceeds himself achieving the new world record in the 800 m

A prominent position amongst the big names in the London 2012 must go to David Rudisha, who not only dominated the final of the 800 m, but also improved on his world record, running at 1:40.91. At just 23, the Kenyan athlete, in addition to the Olympic title that he has just won, also holds the Daegu 2011 World title. Young winners of silver and bronze medals: the eighteen year old Botswana athlete Nijel Amos and the seventeen year old Kenyan Timothy Kitum. In addition to the 200 m and 800 m, last night the Olympic Stadium also hosted three other finals. In the triple jump gold and silver went to the expected favorites, the American Christian Taylor, who won by jumping 17.81 m, and Will Claye; the bronze went to the Helsinki 2012 European champion Fabrizio Donato of Italy. In the javelin, the Czech world record holder Barbora Spotakova, won the gold by throwing 69.55 meters, repeating her Beijing 2008 success. Second and third place went to two German athletes: Christina Obergfoll and Linda Stahl. Finally, the two days of competition in the decathlon came to a close with the 1500 m, and the success of the world record holder Ashton Eaton. The American athlete, with 8,869 points, beat his teammate Trey Hardee and the Cuban Leonel Suarez.