On Rudisha, Kitum and the 2024 Olympic Bid

David Rudisha World Record

The man pictured above is a beast. A godly beast.

There are 2 things to note about that picture. The first is the man pointing at that world record; a humble and proud man who has done a formidable thing. The second is that flag. That country he bears on his back, that covers his identity, that Kenyan flag.

Last night, Rudisha quite literally had the entire country on his back. We needed that victory. We needed that gold medal. And boy did he deliver; in such spectacular fashion. Gold. World Record. Olympic record. Three in one.

Not to be overshadowed was the 17 year old running beside him.

Kitum Rudisha

Timothy Kitum ran his ass off and took that bronze. Not a small feat for that age. When I was 17, I think my greatest achievement could be measured in how many shots I took the night before without blacking out. This kid just ran 800m in 1:42. That’s formidable. And Kenya recognized that. With Kemboi’s hugs still fresh in our minds, that national anthem played last night in its original capacity as a lullaby.

Kenya slept well.

Just to wake up to this Continue reading

Daily Dozen: 22/11

David Rudisha for President! [IAAF]
“Charity begins at home, even with Tenders” [DN]
Pope Benedict says condoms are ok. But really, who goes to an 83 year old German virgin for advice on sex? [Guardian]
“Our Loud Cry” [Africa On The Blog]
“Cece Winans was here” [Hot Secrets]
“Kenya Matters” [Ethan Zukerman]
Attention multimedia lovers, the Nokia N8 is here. [Moses Kemibaro]
More Problems with Safaricom 3G [KG]
What you will never know about some of Kenya’s pilots [Kumekucha]
Starting a Business Abroad: Fact-Finding Mission [Inari Media]
China Buys Up the World [Economist]
Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution [Time]

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