After a disappointing London outing Kenyans are looking to the Spanish capital of Barcelona to give them something extra to cheer about by handing David Rudisha the IAAF 2012 male athlete award.
Rudisha, the last Kenyan to win the prestigious award in 2010, is inline to become the first local athlete to win it twice, after making the shortlist alongside favourite Jamaican triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and American 110m hurdles world record holder Aries Meritt.
The 24-year old, who left for Spain on Thursday, ran the fastest ever 800m race in history at the London Games a world record that influenced his pick out for the prestigious IAAF award that Bolt will be hoping to win for a record fourth time.
Bolt the winner in 2008,2009 and 2011 and Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj(2001-2003) are the only atheletes to have won the Award thrice.
After Kenyan double world champions Vivian Cheruiyot controversially missed out on the IAAF female 2011 award, to Australian Sally Pearson, Kenyans believe that Rudisha’s epic 1.40.91 run, deserves the ultimate recognition from the athletics family.
His world record performance has been widely touted as the best run from the Olympic stadium a fact that could tilt the IAAF family votes in his favour.
Kipchoge to be inducted to IAAF hall of fame
The world’s athletics gala usually held in Monaco will be the culmination of weeklong activities marking the IAAF centenary celebrations.
Besides Rudisha and Athletics Kenya officials, Former World marathon record holder Paul Tergat and the chairman of the Olympic Committee Kipchoge Keino will also attend the celebrations and the Awards gala.
Kiochoge is among selected renowned athletes that will be inducted into IAAF Hall of Fame.
'First' the movie featuring Rudisha premiers Friday
Meanwhile, the official London 2012 Olympics film First will debut in Cinemas on Friday. The film which tells the story of 12 first time Olympians features Rudisha’s inspiring run that also raised the performance of the others seven finalists.
Through the film British Director Caroline Rowland tells the stories of the 12 Olympians prior to London 2012, and gives an insight into their lives and sporting careers.
Unfortunately Kenyans will not have a chance to be part of the premier but can look forward to the DVD release on November 26.
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