David Rudisha has set a new world record, becoming the first man since 1964 to defend his Olympic 800m title after he won a second successive Olympic gold medal.
The world record-holder and two time world champion is also now a two-time Olympic gold medallist. He won gold in 1:42.15. Slower than London but does that matter? Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi was second in 1:42.61 and American Clayton Murphy bronze in 1:42.93.
“I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career, it’s been very difficult, I have stayed focused and positive. My coach has been great and given me hope.”
In London, when he won in world record time, there was no pacesetter so Rudisha became his own pacesetter.
In Rio he had countryman Alfred Kipketer not so much pacesetter as jam car. Kipketer behaved in the race as Kenya has behaved in the Games; creating interference for Rudisha.
Another countryman in the race, Ferguson Rotich got out of Rudisha’s way in the race but had done nothing but get in the way in the lead-up. Rotich was the latest Kenyan athlete taking the piss out of doping control, in his case literally.