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Kenya’s David Rudisha Snags Gold in History-Making 800 Meter Double

The world champion is the first male athlete to secure consecutive gold medals at the event since 1964.

World record holder David Rudisha has battled back from an injury and surgery to snag gold for Kenya in the 800 meter dash at Rio.


It’s a historic win for Rudisha—he’s the first male athlete to do it since New Zealands’ Peter Snell in 1964 in back-to-back appearances at the Olympics.

“The feeling in my body was good,” a smiling Rudisha says. “It is great to win my second gold. It’s so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career.”

The Kenyan middle distance runner dedicated the medal to his fans and compatriots for their enduring support.

"I dedicate this win to all my fans all over the world and above all to my country; Kenya. To all those who woke up at 4am (sic) to watch the race and for all your steadfast support throughout the years," Rudisha posts on his official Facebook page after emerging victorious.

Fans like the President of Kenya and Sauti Sol congratulated Rudisha on social media for retaining his gold crown.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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