NAIROBI, Kenya, August 10- From Mombasa to Kisumu, Kenyans fell over themselves to rejoice David Rudisha’s lightning record breaking performance at London 2012 on Wednesday night as a country that was hitherto suffering from Olympics gloom woke up to hangover of delirium.
In pubs where thousands congregated to watch him blast to history in 1:40.91 especially in the capital Nairobi, Kenyans erupted when he pulled away to set a new standard in men 800m running and win their nation a second gold at the 30th Olympiad.
Rudisha was the talk of town on Thursday in offices as well at social networks with Kenyans on Twitter (KON) setting up the #RudishaFacts hash tag that trended throughout the morning after.
“I have waited for this moment for a long time,” a jubilant Rudisha, who ran in similar fashion when winning the World title in Daegu last summer told IAAF.
“To come here and get a World record is unbelievable. I had no doubt about winning. The weather was beautiful – so I decided to go for it.”
Starting with a jaw-dropping 23.4 opening 200 metres, Rudisha brought the field through the midway point in 49.28.
Casting a long shadow, Rudisha entered the back straight a second time with a two-metre lead, one he extended down the backstretch before crossing the 600-metre point in 1:14.30, 0.29 faster than in his previous record run in Rieti before ripping apart his 1:41.01 previous standard.
Speaking to Capital Sport from Iten, his equally thrilled coach Brother Colm O’Connell however, called for a cap