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Kenya's David Rudisha sets world record in 800 meters

By Bryan Fischer | Blogger

Although the track in London has, according to many, been a fairly fast surface this year, there haven't been a ton of world records set at the Olympics. That changed on Thursday as Kenya's David Rudisha blew away a very fast field to capture gold in the 800 meters for a world record of 1:40.91 to solidify his dominance over the past several years at the event.

Already the world champion in the 800, the 23-year-old was ahead of silver medalist Nijel Amos of Botswana by several feet. The run bests Rudisha's previous world record set back in 2010.

Fellow Kenyan Timothy Kitum took the bronze.

As the Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy points out, the field was among the fastest in Olympic history, with seven of the eight runners setting personal bests, including two national records. Americans Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds finished just out of the medals in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Rudisha's father, Daniel, was an Olympic silver medalist at the 1968 Games in Mexico City.

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