Dominant Rudisha wins 800 metres gold

DAEGU, South Korea Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:20pm IST

David Lekuta Rudisha (R) of Kenya reacts after crossing the finish line to win the men's 800 metres final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

David Lekuta Rudisha (R) of Kenya reacts after crossing the finish line to win the men's 800 metres final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu August 30, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Michael Dalder

A statue of Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, is carried in a taxi to a place of worship on the first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

During Ganesh Chaturthi idols will be taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and will be immersed in a river or the sea in accordance with Hindu faith.  Slideshow 

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - World record holder David Rudisha won gold in the men's 800 metres at the world championships on Tuesday with a dominant display of front running.

The rangy Kenyan, who broke the world record twice in a week in 2010, took the title in a time of 1:43.91 ahead of Abubaker Kaki of Sudan. The bronze medal went to Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy.

"Winning the world title is very important to me, more important than the world record" the 22-year-old Masai told reporters.

"The title will remain with you for the rest of your life but the record can be broken."

Rudisha is unbeaten over the distance in two years, his last loss coming when he failed to qualify for the 2009 world championship final in Berlin.

He made his intention clear from the start, outpacing Kaki at the line break to settle in comfortably at the front of the field away from trouble.

Double world indoor champion Kaki tucked in behind the languid Kenyan, and looked trapped when Borzakovskiy moved up on his shoulder before Rudisha pulled away down the back stretch.

"I controlled the race from the start, that was my plan, I did not want to make a mistake," he added. "And I also knew that I was in good shape. Nevertheless, I spared my energy until the last 150m."

Kaki's rivalry with Rudisha looks set to reach new heights at the London Olympics next year.

"David Rudisha is a friend. He's been dominating last year and this year," said Kaki, who squeezed into the final after a setting a suicidal pace in the semi-final.

"I am happy for him and these two medals are for Africa. I will continue to race for northern Sudan."

South Sudan declared independence on July 9, after southerners overwhelmingly voted to secede from the north in a January referendum.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

(To query or comment on this story

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

U.S. Open

Reuters Showcase

Golf Championship

Golf Championship

Henley leads, McIlroy two behind at Deutsche Bank  Full Article 

Post-Suarez Era

Post-Suarez Era

Liverpool prove life after Suarez in Spurs masterclass   Full Article 

No Dutch Trio

No Dutch Trio

Dutch lose trio for upcoming internationals  Full Article 

Barca Product

Barca Product

Barca academy graduates stealing early-season limelight  Full Article 

Wei Sorry

Wei Sorry

Lee sorry after another final failure on national day  Full Article 

Premier League

Premier League

Liverpool thump toothless Spurs, Arsenal held by Leicester  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage