Rio 2016: David Rudisha defends 800m title

David Rudisha became the first man since 1964 to defend his 800 metres Olympic title with victory at Rio 2016.

The Kenyan world record holder made his decisive break with 300m remaining and pulled clear to win in 1:42.15.

Algerian 1500m specialist Taoufik Makhloufi set a national record of 1:42.61 to take silver, with Clayton Murphy of the United States finishing in 1:42.93 for bronze.

Rudisha’s charge was nearly scuppered by team-mate Wilson Kipketer, who squabbled over the lead through the first 200m and set a ridiculously quick pace through the opening lap.

The 27-year-old bided his time, leading a bunch with intentions of running steady splits, before overhauling Kipketer down the back straight.

Makhloufi threatened as the race swung into the home straight, but Rudisha ultimately had enough to keep him away.

Third placed Clayton Murphy (USA) of USA, winner David Lekuta Rudisha (KEN) of Kenya and second placed Taoufik Makhloufi (ALG) of Algeria pose Reuters


Rudisha joins three other men who have successfully defended their 800m crown: Great Britain’s Douglas Love (1924, 1928), United States’ Mai Whitfield (1948, 1952) and New Zealand’s Peter Snell (1960, 1964).

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