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


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.

We are so very proud of rudishadavid for retaining his 800 metres gold at #Rio2016 #KEN #ShangiliaKenya

— Uhuru Kenyatta (UKenyatta) August 16, 2016

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.

What a win by David Rudisha! First defence of Olympic 800m title since New Zealander Peter Snell in 1964. #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/t0wAUvnFpq

— AMB:Amina Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) August 16, 2016

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.

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