Kenya’s David Rudisha reflects on legendary career in latest Inside Track Podcast episode


In a compelling new episode of the World Athletics Inside Track Podcast, released on June 6, renowned middle-distance runner David Rudisha opened up about his remarkable career and the influences that shaped his journey.

Hosted by Olympic champions Sanya Richards-Ross and Kelly Sotherton, the podcast offers an insightful look into Rudisha’s path to greatness and his efforts to inspire the next generation of athletes.

The discussion began with Rudisha reflecting on the early influences that guided him towards athletics. Growing up in Kenya, a country passionate about sports, Rudisha found his inspiration close to home—his father, Daniel Rudisha, who won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

“Growing up in Kenya is a special thing because Kenya is one of the countries that really loves sports,” Rudisha shared. “But I was inspired by my father who was an Olympic silver medalist. Growing up, that really motivated me.”

Rudisha’s ascent to becoming the 800m world record holder was not a straight path. Initially involved in decathlon and volleyball, he eventually discovered his true calling in the 800m. Rudisha attributes much of his success to his junior coach, who instilled in him the dream of competing at the Olympics.

“London 2012 was my first Olympic Games. Back when I was training as a junior, my coach would emphasise to us that we’d be ready to compete at the Olympics in 2012, so that stuck in my mind and for eight years I focused on the 2012 Olympics.

Rudisha’s dedication culminated in a historic performance at the 2012 London Olympics, where he won gold and set a world record in the 800m final, a race celebrated as one of the greatest in Olympic history.

Though he has not officially retired, Rudisha has embraced his role as a sport ambassador, most recently at the World Indoor Championships. He found this role deeply fulfilling, stating, “It was really special because I got to enjoy the championships.

Being part of the athletics family really feels special, you get to meet the other athletes that competed with you, and it keeps us close. We get to promote sport and inspire the younger generation. It feels good when young people come to you for advice.”

Rudisha’s passion for mentoring young athletes is evident. He believes in the transformative power of mentorship and enjoys sharing his experiences to help guide future stars.

His involvement in events like the World Indoor Championships allows him to remain engaged with the athletic community and support emerging talent.

Listeners can catch David Rudisha’s episode on the Inside Track Podcast through major platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the Sport Social Podcast Network. The episode is also available for viewing on the World Athletics website.

The podcast, which continues to feature an evolving lineup of presenters, is set to return later in the year with a star-studded preview of the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

In the meantime, Rudisha’s inspiring story serves as a beacon of motivation for aspiring athletes worldwide, showcasing the power of dedication and the importance of passing on knowledge to the next generation.

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