The 800m Final Ranks With Beamon And Johnson As The Greatest Olympic Moments Of All Time

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The 800m Final Ranks With Beamon And Johnson As The Greatest Olympic Moments Of All Time

This London Olympic Games has been fortunate enough to witness some incredible moments and some breathtaking competition.

 

But, when the Games is reviewed, one race is certain to stand out from all others. For the men's 800 metres final at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night was the most fantastic middle-distance contest witnessed in years.

 

And the astonishing David Rudisha did what no man has ever done and broken 1min 41secs for the two laps - leading from gun to tape.

 

Not only did Rudisha win in a world and Olympic record but he smashed a world-class field into pieces, clocking an incredible 1min 40.91secs in capturing gold.

 

It was fitting that one of the big middle distance records should go in a stadium and at an event which is headed by Seb Coe, who set the 800m world record of 1min 41.73secs back in 1981 which remained unbeaten until 1997.

 

Rudisha is only 23 years old and is the reigning world champion, having took gold in Daegu, Korea, last year.

 

The Kenyan winning gold in that astonishing time was only part of this most incredible race.

 

Behind Rudisha, the field were ALL running the races of their lives!

 

Botswanas' Nijel Amos is only 18 but he got silver in 1min 41.73secs for a new national record and a new world junior record.

 

Timothy Kitum, also of Kenya, could not, obviously, better Rudisha's global or national mark but still ran a personal best to claim bronze in 1min 42.53secs

 

And it went on right down the field. American Duane Soloman in fourth (1min 42.82secs) and countryman Nick Symmonds (1min 42.95secs) in fifth both broke their personal bests.

 

Another teenage sensation Mohammed Aman, from Ethiopia, was sixth in a national record of 1min 43.20secs.

 

In seventh, Sudan's Abubaker Kaki may not have put in a national record or personal best but he ran his fastest time of the season, while even the British ace Andrew Osagie, who felt the pace of this amazing contest, broke his personal best with 1min 43.77secs.

 

Additionally, Osagie's time was the fastest of any man finishing eighth out of eight in an Olympic 800m final.

 

In this Olympics of history, this race will go down in the annals of all-time classics, like Michael Johnson's astonishing 400m world record and Bob Beamon's legendary 1968 long jump of 8.90m.

 

If ever there was a race to watch time and again in the future, then this Olympic final is the one. It ranks with the greatest moments in the 116-year history of the Modern Games.

 

Yes, it really, truly was THAT good!

 

 

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