David Rudisha feted by World Health Organization in Switzerland

28th May 2024

The two-time Olympic Games champion was awarded during a colorful ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland.

David Rudisha receives his accolade from WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus. PHOTO| Courtesy
David Rudisha receives his accolade from WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus. PHOTO| Courtesy
  • David Rudisha was awarded for the good work he has been doing in the health sector.
  • Rudisha was awarded by WHO Secretary General Tedros Ghebreyesus
  • The award ceremony took place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kenyan legend David Lekuta Rudisha keeps on winning despite retiring from competitive running several years ago.

Rudisha, who currently holds the 800m world record, received a prestigious award from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday, May 26.

The two-time Olympic Games champion was recognized in a colorful ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland for his contribution to the health sector.

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“Athletics Kenya (AK) President and World Athletics Vice President Jackson Tuwei, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations office in Geneva Dennis Muhambe, and 800m world record holder David Rudisha display the recognition award received from WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus for Rudisha’s outstanding work on health,” read a caption which accompanied a photo on a post posted by AK on Facebook.

The award came a few hours after Rudisha graced the walk-the-talk running master class, which was held at the Place des Nations in Geneva.

The St. Francis Secondary School alumni took part in a 4km run to promote the message of health for all people.

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Rudisha had an incredible career that saw him become the first man to run an 800m race in under 1:41.00.

The world record of 1:40.91 which he set at the 2012 London Olympic Games is yet to be broken.

In addition, no other human being has managed to break the 1:41.00 mark in the discipline since then.

The 35-year-old also won two World Athletics Championships titles for Kenya with those gold medals coming at the 2011 Daegu and 2015 Beijing editions respectively.

Some of the other titles Rudisha won in his career that was disrupted by injuries include two African Championships titles, a similar number of Diamond League titles and a World Junior Championships title.

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