|Rudisha celebrating his win.Picture by Xinhua|
Kenya burst into song and dance on Thursday night after David
Rudisha became the first athlete to set a new world record on the
track at London 2012 as he won 800m gold.
In his home town of Kilgoris in Transmara District,business came
to a standstill while all major towns of Nairobi,Mombasa, and Nakuru
,thousands of ecstatic fans yelled,sobbed,danced and jumped for joy
into the early hours of Friday morning
The 23-year-old Kenyan stormed to victory in his debut Olympic final
to become the first man inside one minute 41 seconds, clocking
Botswana 18-year-old Nijel Amos took silver, with another teenager,
Kenya’s Timothy Kitum, in bronze.
Britain’s Andrew Osagie was in eighth place but still clocked a
personal best of 1:43.77.
Reigning world champion Rudisha led from the off, running an opening
lap of 49.28 seconds and storming further clear down the back straight
to beat his own world record.
With the rest of the field dragged along by his pace, only Abukaker
Kaki in seventh failed to record a personal best.
Rudisha was quoted by BBC Sport saying : "Wow! I’m very happy. This
is the moment I have been waiting for for a very long time. To come
here and to break the world record is something unbelievable.
"I was well-prepared and I had no doubt about winning. Today the
weather was beautiful and I decided just to go fo