David Rudisha was born 30 years ago on this very date. He was born on a very windy day in Kilgoris, Kenya. Perhaps, it was God telling us, that a man who could run like the wind was born that day. David developed an interest in athletics since childhood. His father Daniel was a former runner, who won the silver medal at the 1968 Olympics as part of the Kenyan 4 x 400 m relay team, and was David’s motivator and mentor in his early days.
By the time David was 16, he was already an athlete. The young boy from Kenya was running 200 meters, 400 meters and the relays for his school which was using him also for the Decathlon. It was then that Colm O’Connell, the Irish Patrician Brother, teacher and top coach, was struck with this tall, powerful athlete. And that is where David Rudisha’s rise began.
He went on to win several races and break records. In Beijing, 2006 he won Gold in the 800 m race, in the World Junior Championships. He won Gold twice in the World Championships for 800 m, once in 2011 and once in 2015. He also won Gold twice in the Olympics for the 800 m race, in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Rudisha has become a National Icon for Kenya. A legendary sprinter who has brought glory to his country. But more than natural ability, he has given credit to his passion for improvement and growth and his hard work towards self-improvement. The long hours spent on the track led to his success, and the Kenyan legend is a classic example of how there is no substitute for hard work.
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