Kenyan Double Olympic Gold Medalist David Rudisha Survives Plane Crash

Wire Service
By Wire Service
December 17, 2022World News
Kenyan Double Olympic Gold Medalist David Rudisha Survives Plane Crash
Gold medallist Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha celebrates on the podium for the Men's 800 meter during the athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 16, 2016. (Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)

Kenyan runner David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic 800m gold medalist, survived a plane crash in Kenya, according to a statement from the non-profit conservation organization Big Life Foundation.

Rudisha and five others were leaving an event known as the Masai Olympics in Kimana, Kenya when the small airplane they were on was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off on Dec. 10, according to Big Life, which was one of the organizers of the event.

Big Life confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that Rudisha and the other passengers were fine, with the former gold medal winner having “suffered no significant physical injuries.”

“It happened very fast,” two-time 800m world champion Rudisha told CNN. “We’re lucky we survived. There were just a few injuries, but most of us came out without any major injuries.”

CNN has reached out to the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority which is investigating the crash.

Rudisha won the 800m Olympic title at London 2012 in sensational fashion, beating his nearest competitor by almost a second and setting the current world record of 1:40.91—the only time in history someone has run the distance below 1:41. He defended his crown four years later in Rio to become only the fourth man in history to win two 800m Olympic golds.

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