Kenya’s David Rudisha has become the first athlete to retain the men's 800m Olympic title in in 52 years. Rudisha finished in 1:42:15, ahead of Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi.

neither the wind nor the rain could disrupt the liquid grace of   the 27-year-old Kenyan who led the pack with about 300m to go to outpace compatriot Alfred Kipketer who had mad an early dash on the first lap of the race.

"I am so excited," said Rudisha after the win. "It is the greatest moment of my career.

“It has been a very difficult few years. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication to maintain your form, and you have to make a lot of sacrifices. The most important thing is to work hard and be humble. That’s the beginning of everything.” 

The win increases the tally of medals that Kenya expects to win in the Rio Olympics.

With that focus and form, A third consecutive 800m triumph in Tokyo in 2020 looks eminently possible.

 

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