Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live

Sport

sport

Rudisha wins Kenya's second gold to retain 800m title

Rudisha wins Kenya's second gold to retain 800m title

Kenya

David Rudisha won Kenya’s second gold medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics producing a last gasp effort to win the hotly contested race.

His victory was also a successful defense of his Olympic 800m title which he won in London four years ago.

Rudisha by his feat joins Jemima Sumgong who also won gold in the Olympics marathon. The first Kenyan woman to do so.

Rudisha, also the world champion and world record holder, clocked a season’s best of 1min 42.15sec to become the first man in 52 years to defend the 800m title.

Algeria’s reigning Olympic 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi took silver with a national record of 1:42.61, whiles American Clayton Murphy picked the bronze slot with 1:42.93.