Runner’s World Top 10 Elite New Stories of 2012.
Number 8: Rudisha Sets World Record in Epic Olympic 800.
It was no surprise when Kenya’s David Rudisha, the reigning world champion and world record holder for 800 meters, ran the Olympic final with the simplest of tactics—take the lead at a searing pace and dare the rest of the field to keep up. What was surprising was that the field took him up on his offer and produced the deepest 800-meter race in history. Rudisha became the first to break 1:41 for the distance with his 1:40.91 world record. Two other men set national records; one of those, 1:41.73 by Botswana’s Nigel Amos, was good not only for the silver medal but also a world junior record. Behind the world and national records, four other runners, including Americans Duane Solomon (4th in 1:42.82) and Nick Symmonds (5th in 1:42.85), set personal bests. It was the first time that eight men broke 1:44 in a single race.
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