‘The pressure became too much’ – David Rudisha on battle with alcoholism

Double Olympic Champion David Rudisha has opened up on coping with personal tragedy and battle with divorce and alcohol in his career.

During a candid interview with the BBC, Rudisha vowed he has put all his challenges behind and is firmly focused on a full recovery.

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Rudisha took to alcohol to try and overcome the myriad of challenges that were heavily stacking up in his life including being off the track and parting with his wife Elizabeth Naanyu in 2016.

“The pressure became too hard. I used to hang out with friends and party a lot,” Rudisha told BBC.


Perhaps the most devastating and recent blow to the athlete came earlier this year in March when he lost his father, Daniel Rudisha, whom he described as his biggest source of inspiration in his career.

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 He died two weeks ago from heart attack at Nakuru War Memorial Hospital. The elder Rudisha himself was a stellar athlete who represented Kenya at the highest level internationally.

The late Rudisha represented the country during the 1964 Commonwealth Games in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica.

“He played a big role in my life. He gave me the passion to love the sport and taught me discipline and respect towards fellow athletes,” Rudisha said.

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David Rudisha and his dad

The Olympic champion said his father was his greatest strength and encouraged even when he failed – something which Rudisha says made him be the star he is today.

In 1968 alongside Hezekiah Nyamao, Charles Asati and the late Naftali Bon, Rudisha won silver in the 4×400 relay.

Daniel Rudisha’s greatest accolade came during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich where he won gold with Charles Asati, Hezekiah Nyamao, Robert Ouko and the late Julius Sang in the relay event.

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Rip: David Rudisha’s dad dies while undergoing treatment

David Rudisha is mourning the death of his dad who had been ailing for sometime. The news of Rudisha’s loss was shared by Radio host Teddy Eugene.

Taking to twitter Teddy tweeted

“My heartfelt condolences to the family of Olympic 800 meters champion David Rudisha on the loss of their father-1968 Olympics silver medalist Daniel Matasi Rudisha.”

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Rudisha had earlier shared a photo of him and his ailing father asking fans to wish him a quick recovery.

“Me and my ailing father, wish him a quick recovery. Long live my dad.”

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Rudisha later shared a photo of the late Daniel Matasi Rudisha at the ICU and captioned it

“God is Faithful.”

Atheltics Kenya also took to twitter to mourn Rudisha’s dad hailing him as a hero.

“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of one of pioneer Kenyan athlete, Daniel Rudisha. On behalf of the athletics fraternity.

We would like to send our deepest condolences to Rudisha’s family and the people Kilgoris at this difficult time.”

From Classic 105 we send our sincere condolence to Rudisha and his entire family.

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Kenyan sportsmen show off their beautiful families away from the field

Sportsmen and women are celebrated for always representing the Country, but their efforts as parents always go unnoticed despite the hard work they put in.

It is hard training and being a parent at the same time but these sportsmen and women have proven that nothing is impossible.

1. Collins Injera

He is arguably one of the best rugby players Kenya has ever produced but besides that he is a doting dad to a daughter who is 7 and a son who is 3.

From his social media posts, his daughter loves cooking and dreams of being a chef.


2. Mercy Cherono

The damsel, who is loved for her energy on the track, is a first time mum. Her daughter Princess Kimberley Cherop was born during Easter.

Announcing the news, Mercy’s husband Edmond Ngetich wrote

 “The best gift from God this Easter. Welcome to the world Princess Kimberly Cherop. To my lovely wife Cherono Ngetich Mercy, congratulations.”

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3. David Rudisha

Many know him for his long strides and exemplary performance on the track but behind the scenes he is a doting father of two. His daughter has taken up after him and joins him while he is training. She just might be the next big thing in the sports world.


4. Asbel Kiprop

Despite being caught up in a love triangle, Kiprop still remains a doting father to his two kids.

He is father two a son and a daughter and they are as beautiful as their mother.

Asbel Kiprop with his wife and kids

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5. Julius Yego

Known to many as the ‘You Tube man’, Yego is a doting father of two with his youngest being a few months old.

Hopefully his son will pick up after him and join sports, we would love to see him do that.


6. Allan Wanga

He is among the best celebrated footballers  in Kenya, who is married to media personality Brenda Wanga. They have two children.

Well, his daughter has shown interest in playing football and when she does play, her age mates see dust literally.

His son is also at an age where he can play and we can only wait and see how he turns out.


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10 Times David Rudisha Has Proven That He Is A Role Model Dad (PHOTOS)

Double Olympic champion David Lekuta Rudisha is a not only a celebrated athlete but an icon who has won many hearts both off and on the track, thanks to his electric performances which has seen him top the world of athletics as well as his philanthropic works and his down to earth personality.

The 800M world record holder is also a man of many hats and just recently he revealed to the world that when he is not busy scooping gold medals for Kenya, he is busy serving and protecting the very country that he’s brought utter adoration, respect and fame as an inspector of police.

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Away from all that, Rudisha is also a family man. He is married to the beautiful Lizzy Naanyu with whom the two are blessed with two gorgeous daughters; Sheryl Rudisha and Patience Ntamei.

The 28-year-old who was recently appointed the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) athletes’ commission president, is not just any other ordinarily dad, but a proud one who doesn’t shy away from flooding his social media pages with photos of them, hence making parenting look so easy and adorable.

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Below are photos of 10 times King Rudisha has proved that parenting is a job he adores, making him a role model dad.

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RIO OLYMPICS: David Rudisha Defends 800M Title

World record-holder David Rudisha has successfully defended his Olympic title in the men’s 800m final in Rio.

Rudisha early this morning clocked 1 minute 42.15 seconds to give Kenya its second gold medal in the ongoing Olympics games in Rio. Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won silver with Clayton Murphy of the US settling for bronze.

He said: “Running 1:42, it’s just fantastic. I had no doubts before. The feeling in my body was good.

“It is great to win such a big competition, my second gold. It’s so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career.” Rudisha said in an interview with BBC.

Meanwhile, world champion Hyvin Kiyeng yesterday won silver medal for team Kenya in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in the ongoing Olympics games. Kiyeng clocked nine minutes and seven seconds to finish behind Kenyan born Ruth Jebet who was representing Bahrain.

American Emma Coburn was third.

Congratulations to king Rudisha and Hyvin Kiyeng!.

-Quotes by BBC

Away From The Tracks: Olympic Champion David Rudisha Looks Sharp In His Police Uniform

Current Olympic champion and 800 metres world record holder, David Lekuta Rudisha, is an athlete who’s respected all over the world. He broke the record at the London 2012 Olympics on 9th August.

The humble runner, who was born in Kilgoris, Narok County, became the youngest ever athlete to win the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award, in November 2010, at the age of 21. He also won the Kenya Sportsman of the Year award.

Well, away from the tracks, David Rudisha is a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Lizzy Naanyu, and a caring father to two adorable daughters.

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Away from his sports gear and family life, Rudisha is a policeman, though many are not accustomed to this part of his life.

The influential sportsman decided to share a never before seen photo while on duty, clad in a neat police uniform, looking sharp and very different.

He shared a photo with this short caption:

Many are used to seeing me on running outfits, but this is the other look outside the track! Proud Police Officer. #Loveyourjob

Check out the photo of Rudisha that went viral below.


MCM: Olympic Champion David Rudisha

Olympic champion and world record holder in 800 metres David Rudisha is recognized the world over for his expertise on the track and field. Rudisha who earned the nickname ‘Pride of Africa’ for his fluid running style and long strides shattered a 13-year-old record in the 800m held by Dane Wilson Kipketer.

The 26-year-old athlete holds the record of what is considered ‘The Greatest 800 Metre Race Ever’ after his stunning performance in 2012 at the London Olympics where he led the race from start to finish clinching the gold.

Despite his battle with injury, Rudisha is currently back on track preparing for the World Championships in Beijing later this month. Rudisha has surely put Kenya on the map and for that reason he is our Man Crush Monday. Check him out below

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Julius Yego Wins the Ostrava 2015 Javelin

Kenya’s Youtube athlete aka Julius Yego has won the men’s  javelin  setting a record mark of 86.88metres.

Julius Yego who trained himself via YouTube is the only Kenyan representative for the sport at the 2015 IAAF World Challenge event in Ostrava.

He has surpassed his very own record of 85.40 metres.

Meanwhile David Rudisha pulled out of the 200 metres race after getting a thigh injury on his right leg.