Why the gold by David Rudisha in Rio is a double win for Kenya

He becomes the second athlete to win in consecutive Olympics

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David Rudisha rewrote history when he retained his Olympic gold medal in the men's 800 metres at the Rio Olympics. PHOTO: TUKO

Renown athlete David Rudisha made history by retaining his 800 metres title at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, August 16.

Rudisha, according to a report by Tuko, becomes only the second athlete in history to retain the men’s 800 metres crown in the history of Olympics after New Zealander Peter Snell.

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Rudisha and Snell, the website notes, have lived in two different generations and continents, but both have a lot in common.

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New Zealand athlete Peter Snell winning gold at the Rome Olympics in the 800m on Friday, September 2, 1960. PHOTO: TUKO

Firstly, the two sportsmen were born on the same date – December 17th and secondly, they went on to dominate the 800 metres race in both the Olympics and championships.

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A brief perusal at the history of the games shows that Snell won his first gold medal during the Rome Olympics and retained it in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympics. Snell was a double victor at the latter as he also won gold in the 1,500 metres men.

The record by Snell spanned more than half a century before Rudisha equalled it. Nicknamed King David for obvious reasons, Rudisha won his first 800 metres gold title during the London games before his success in Rio just a few hours ago.

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Snell now aged 78, lives in the US state of Texas and was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 1962.

Via Tuko