In a recent interview, the former world record holder, London Olympics 2012 chairman and double Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe said that David Rudisha's performance at the Summer Games was "the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen".
In front of a crowd of about 200 people, Brother O'Connell gave a short speech outlining how he had coached David since he was a small boy and how he watched him grow to be one of the world's best. He spoke about how David was not only an inspiration and role model to young athletes in his native Kenya but internationally as well. He also conferred the title of 'Honourary Mallowman' on David.......although I think David might have to work on the accent a bit ;o)
In his short speech, David Rudisha spoke of how he started off in athletics as a small shy boy. How he was inspired by his father Daniel Rudisha who won a silver medal at the 1968 Mexico Games as part of the Kenyan 4 x 400m relay team. He also mentioned how he had wanted to come to Ireland to visit Br. O'Connells home and family........and looked around at the assembled crowd and remarked that he was suprised that Colm had so many relations ;o)
800 Metres......Times under 1:42.....All Time
Mark Athlete Nation DOB Pos Venue Date
1:40.91 David Lekuta Rudisha KEN 17/12/1988 1 London (OS) 09/08/2012
1:41.01 David Lekuta Rudisha 1r1 Rieti 29/08/2010
1:41.09 David Lekuta Rudisha 1 Berlin 22/08/2010
1:41.11 Wilson Kipketer DEN 12/12/1972 1 Köln 24/08/1997
1:41.24 Wilson Kipketer 1r1 Zürich 13/08/1997
1:41.33 David Lekuta Rudisha 1r1 Rieti 10/09/2011
1:41.51 David Lekuta Rudisha 1 Heusden-Zolder 10/07/2010
1:41.54 David Lekuta Rudisha 1 Paris Saint-Denis 06/07/2012
1:41.73 Sebastian Coe GBR 29/09/1956 1 Firenze 10/06/1981
1:41.73 Wilson Kipketer 1 Stockholm 07/07/1997
1:41.73 Nijel Amos BOT 15/03/1994 2 London (OS) 09/08/2012
1:41.74 David Lekuta Rudisha 1 New York City, NY 09/06/2012
1:41.77 Joaquim Cruz BRA 12/03/1963 1 Köln 26/08/1984
1:41.83 Wilson Kipketer 1 Rieti 01/09/1996
In a brief chat towards the end of the evening, I asked Brother Colm if he thought the 1:40 barrier would ever be broken? He said possibly one day but not for a long time. It is much more likely that the current record will be broken in very small increments as before. If anyone is going to do it then it is likely to be David again. He also thought that it might be several years before the current record set in London might be broken.
Just to see what a great world record that was, you can see the 800m Olympic race HERE...
Also......back in February of this year, I had a video up called Man on a Mission. It shows the trip that Eamonn Coghlan made to Iten in Kenya to visit Br.Colm O'Connell. Post HERE
I know on many websites and newspaper articles, the word legend and great gets thrown around a lot but in this case, it seems very apt.