It's was an unbelievable night for David Rudisha of Kenyan who broke the 800 meters world record last year and also won the World Championships in Daegu finally won his first Olympic medal, not just a medal, a gold medal with a new world record of 1:40.91. This was a special night for Africa and what an explosive race
The night wasn’t just about Rudisha , it was an amazing night for Africans who claimed all three medals especially that teenage sensation from Botswana. Nijel Amos of Botswana who won the world junior championship this year placed second with a new junior world record of 1:41.73 while Timothy Kitum of Kenya won the bronze medal with a time of 1:42.53.
Here’s the clincher for those who do not know, Rudisha's father in 1972 won silver medal for Kenya in 4x4 and his son David Rudisha made a promise to his father to surpass the silver medal. I still believe that Rudisha will lower his world record this year before the season is over.
Usain Bolt also successfully defended his title by winning the 200 meters without a world record as he did in Beijing four years ago, he still made history by becoming the first man to win the Men's 200 meters back to back at the Olympics. His compatriot and training partner(Yohan Blakes) who won a silver medal in the 100 meters won another silver in the 200 meters while a former 110 hurdler(Warnen Weir) won the bronze medal to make it a Jamaican sweep.
The outcome of the Men's triple jump did not favor Nigerians who were expecting to win their first medal at the on going Olympics. Tosin Oke who was Nigeria's hope could not put Nigeria's on the medal's table and he placed seventh with a jump of 16.95. USA Christian Taylor who is the reigning world champion won the gold medal with 17.81 and his former teammate at the University of Florida Will Clay won the silver medal with 17.62 and thirty five years young Fabruzio Donato of Italy settled for the bronze medal.
Decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton of USA won the gold medal in the decathlon while his teammate Trey Hardey won the silver medal and the Cuban Leonel Suarez won the bronze medal.
Nigerian Women managed to qualify for the 4x1 final with a time of 42.74 while USA won the heat with fast time of 41.64. I pick USA to win the gold in today's final. I expect the Jamaicans to give their USA rival a good run but let's hope nobody drops the baton.
Czech javelin world record holder Barbora Spotakova who won in Beijing four years ago repeated as the winner while South African hope Sunnette Viljoen who was world leader prior to the Olympics failed to medal and placed a disappointing fourth position.
There was a disaster in the Men's 4x4 when a Kenyan athlete tripped a South African and after a protest the South Africans were reinstated for today's final. I pick Bahamas and USA as the favorites.
Good luck to the Nigerian women in both relays because this is where there hope of getting a medal in athletics remains.
The Women's 5000 will be interesting and competitive between Ethiopia and Kenya. Tirunesh Dibaba the 10,000 Olympic champion is going for double and I'm pretty sure that Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot who is reigning world champion in both the 5000 and 10,000 will try to deny her from winning both the 5000 and 10,000 double. I expect to see both the Kenyans and Ethiopians to sweep the three medals. I don't see any other nation winning any medal in this event today in what promises to be another night to remember for Africa.