Olympic champion David Rudisha survives a plane crash


Olympic champion David Rudisha survives a plane crash

Kenyan athlete David Rudisha, the 800m world record holder and two-time Olympic champion survived a plane crash in the Kajado region, southwest of Nairobi. A miracle, and not only the first for the Kenyan two times gold medal champion.

The plane on which he was traveling with five other people crashed into a rocky area near the Masai Mara park, one of the wings struck a tree and the aircraft overturned. Rudisha suffered no physical consequences or trauma.

One of the plane's occupants was hospitalized with his injuries Rudisha, in 2019, on the streets of his home in Kilgoris, lost control of the SUV he was driving, crashing into a bus. Despite the tremendous impact and the destroyed car, Rudisha emerged without trauma or physical problems.

The athlete said: "Everything was fine after about seven or eight minutes of flight, when the plane's engine suddenly stopped. It was terrifying moments." Twitter page RaduIILive wrote: "Two-time Olympic 800m Champion David Rudisha and five others escaped with injuries in a plane crash on Saturday at Imbirikani in Kajiado County after attending the Annual Masai Olympics event at Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary!"

World records and gold medals

On 9 August, at the 2012 London Olympics, he won the final of the 800m dash also setting the world record with a time of 1'40"91, effectively becoming the first athlete to dive below the 1'41"00 wall .

The record is also enhanced by the fact that Rudisha ran two rounds in the previous days and in the absence of hares. Despite everything, the Kenyan started very strong, with a passage of 49"28 at the 400m and 1'14"30 at the 600m, to keep the advantage until the end and win his first Olympic gold medal.

It was since 1976 that a world record over this distance had not been broken in an Olympic Games, when Alberto Juantorena won in Montréal in 1'43"50. Four years later, at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, David won the gold medal again, the second in a row at an Olympics, with a time of 1'42"15.