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Record Holder David Rudisha Gives Kenya a Gold Medal in Daegu IAAF Championships
By Benson Kamary
Associate Editor & Writer
David Rudisha

Kenya's sensational 800 meters world record holder, David Rudisha, expectedly won a gold medal for Kenya Tuesday (on August 30, 2011) night in Daegu IAAF Championships.

The youngest athlete ever to be crowned the IAAF Athlete of the Year led the pack from the start and remained in front until he crossed the finish line clocking 1:43:91.

Rudisha was widely expected to win the race though Abubakar Kaki of Sudan put a spirited push coming home only a half a second behind Rudisha. Yuyir Borzakovskiy of Russia came third to take bronze.

Excited Kenyan fans electrified the stadium with ululation as Rudisha sprinted to his last lap. Dressed in Maasai attire and flying Kenyan flags, Kenya community in Korean literary colored their sitting area red. They were joined by hundreds of other cheerers from other countries.

Meanwhile Kenya won a bronze medal in women 3,000 meters steeplechase.

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Benson Kamary, professor of Tongmyong University in Pusan, serves as an Associate Editor & Writer for The Seoul Times. Based in Busan, South Korea, the Kenyan professor also serves as chairman of Kenya Community in Korea (KCK). He can be reached at






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