David Rudisha is one of the greatest runners of all time. If you have never heard of him it is most likely because his chosen distance of 800 metres falls between the power glamour of the sprinters and the aesthetic elegance of the long-distance specialists. At the 2012 London Olympics he smashed his own world record to win the gold medal.
Not only was the race run in a staggeringly quick time, it was won with a deceptive ease that belied the hours and miles of gruelling training that came together in less than two minutes of athletic grace. Watch the race on YouTube and you will see an athlete at the peak of his abilities. [Read more…]