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World record falls at Olympic Stadium


THE FIRST world record inside the Olympic Stadium fell tonight (August 9) as Kenya’s David Rudisha obliterated his own fastest ever time in the 800m final to win gold.

The 23-year-old triumphed in a time of 1 minute 40.91 seconds to become the first athlete to ever run a sub-1.41 seconds clocking.

Last year’s world champion led from start to finish as the majority of the field behind him produced either personal bests or season’s bests.

Botswana’s Nijel Amos set a national record of 1.41.73 seconds for silver while 17-year-old Kenyan Timothy Kitum finished third in 1.42.53 seconds.

Team GB’s Andrew Osagie finished eight and last but ran a personal best of 1.43.77 seconds.

Rudisha, whose father Daniel claimed a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1968 Mexico Olympic, ran the first lap in an incredible 49.28 seconds.

With 300m remaining, he stretched his lead as Amos chased in vain after him but the Kenyan maintained his speed up until he crossed the finish line in a new world record clocking.

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