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.
— David Rudisha MBS (@rudishadavid) August 16, 2016
"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.
— Sauti Sol (@SautiSol) August 16, 2016
Standing Ovation @rudishadavid, you are a great soldier. Absolute class. Patience, hardwork & focus, is your #OlympicGames Gold. #Rio2016
— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) August 16, 2016
— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) August 16, 2016