Well, it finally happened. After toying with fast 800m times earlier this summer (June 1:42.04 / July 1:41.51) David Rudisha finally delivered the goods. A breathtaking 800 meters in 1:41.09. I remember how long it took for someone to break Sebastian Coe’s 800m record of 1:41.73. It seemed like an eternity and solidified just how difficult a race it is. The question now becomes how quickly Rudisha can stay in form to break his own mark. He’s got a real shot at 1:40.5 or thereabouts if proper conditions take form.
“This was my first real attempt to break the world record. I knew I was good. I had trained hard. Now that I have run that time, I can say I have the ability to improve and go faster.”
So how did he get it? The key, of course, was incredible rabbiting. Hitting just under 49 at 400m meant a very efficient first half as he took the entire straight away to finally cut in after the break from lane 7. Rudisha looked relaxed and seemed to easily maintain his speed. Just as impressive was the look on his face. He didn’t seem to strain all the way down the stretch even after running solo from 450 meters on.
Today’s world record mark put thirteen years of 800m running into perspective. So many great athletes have tried to topple Wilson Kipketer’s 1:41.11 but only Daniel Rudisha’s stands alone. Incredible.
“When I saw the clock at the end, it was amazing, a fantastic feeling. I am very happy to be the fastest 800 metres runner in the world.”