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David Rudisha celebrating after breaking his own world record defending his gold at the 2012 Olympics. PHOTO | Image ||Mike Hewitt Getty Images]
Kenyan 800m athlete David Rudisha smashed his own 1:41:01 record to set a new time 1:40:91 and managed to successfully defend the gold last won by Wilfred Bungei during the Beijing Olympics.
Rudisha dominated the race from the beginning to the end, thereby creating a big gap with the pack of chasers who couldn’t match his pace pushing all the finalists to break either their season best or personal best.
Botswana’s Amos Nigel become second to bag silver in a new Botswana national record of 1:41.73 when Another Kenyan Timothy Kitum set a personal best of 1:42:53 when he kicked in the last 200m to defeat Ethiopian Aman Mohammed and two Americans Solomon Duane and Symmonds Nick who finished 4th and 5th respectively
Sudanese Abubaker Kaki never lived up to his credentials as Rudisha's main challenger as he finished a distant 7th on a time of 1:43.32, his season's best.
Elsewhere Olympic defending champion Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo and Beijing silver medalist Janet Jepkosgei qualified for the finals of the women 800m to be held on Saturday after recording a time of 1:59.42 and 1:58.26 respectively.
Caster Semenya of South Africa won the second heat with the fastest time of 1:57.67 followed by Russia’s Arzhakova Elena who ran at a speed of 1:58.13.
The Kenyan relay team had a bad day on the tracks on Thursday afternoon as they were disqualified after Vincent Mumo was adjudged to have tripped South African opponent on the track during the first heat of the semi finals.
And Usain Bolt (pictured) electrified the Olympic Stadium when he run at a speed of 19.32, to retain his 200m title followed closely by his training partner Yohan Blake who ran at a speed of 19.44 as Warren Weir finished third on a personal best of 19.84 to complete a 1-2-3 for the Jamaicans.
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