Sentimental moment at National Stadium for Rudisha

June 10, 2017
World 800 metres record holder, Kenya's David Rudisha, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday.

 

When Kenyan 800 metres world record holder David Rudisha graces the National Stadium track today at the Racers Grand Prix meet, it will be a special moment for the athlete.

Fifty-one years ago, the athlete's father, Daniel, also competed in the same arena at the 1966 Commonwealth Games for Kenya. The National Stadium was built for the staging of those Games.

David Rudisha is a two-time Olympic champion in the 800m, while his father won Olympic silver in the men's 4x400m at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

Though he now specialises in the 800 metres and will be running it this evening, Rudisha also holds a special love for the 400m, the speciality of his father.

"The 400m is one of the events that I love and my father used to run," he told the IAAF's Spikes magazine a year ago before the Olympics.

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