Originally posted on 2010-08-22T19:09:00Z at

Kenyan 800m golden boy conquers the world throne by claiming the fastest time in 800 Metres of 1:41:09. This outstanding performance by the 21 year old is an icing to the cake that has been his season this year.
The Outstanding Rudisha
In June, David Lekuta Rudisha crushed Sebastian Coe's  Oslo Diamond League meeting record at 1:42:04. (Note: Brit Sebastian Coe also held the World Record for 11 years preceding Kipketer's 13 year reign.)In July he again clocked 1:41:51 in Belgium; what happened to be the second fastest time since Denmark's Kenyan-born Kipketer set the World Record 13 years ago (Wilson Kipketer Former WR 1:41:11 in 1997). With this time, Rudisha had seat himself as the No. 2 of all time, and set the African Record.
Born 17th December 1988, David Lekuta Rudisha had competed in the 2009 World Athletic Championships but only got to the semi-finals. However, 22 Aug 2010, at the ISTAF IAAF World Challenge Meet in Berlin, at the very stadium he reached the semifinals, Rudisha broke the 800m World Record with 1 min 41.09 seconds.
Rudisha breaks the World Records 2 days before it celebrates 14 years as Kipketer set it on Aug 24 1997 in Cologne, Germany. The now World No. 1 David Rudisha claims this was his "first real attempt" at breaking the world record, and he is confident he can improve the time. More infoKenyan born Dane Wilson Kipketer, 37 said the he was glad to see the record go to Africa after being in Europe for so long. [Britain's Sebastian Coe 11 years, Denmark's Kipketer 13 years, now Kenya's David Rudisha]. He said that he was not surprised as Rudisha had been running well since last year and he expected David to break the record any day. "Rudisha is the young blood, like Usain Bolt in the 100m. Usain is 24 and David only 21, so they are part of the new generation of athletics stars," Kipketer said.
Rudisha's win is quite an achievement for and from Kenyan Athletics and couldn't have happened on a more pivotal day as Kenya remembered the loss of her founding father: Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. UPDATE: Rudisha lowers his world record time to 1:41:01, on 29th Aug 2010 1 week after setting it.