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David Rudisha, two-time Olympic champion, survives plane crash in Kenya: ‘It was a scary episode’


David Rudisha is a world-class distance runner who won two Olympic gold medals and two world championship gold medals while representing Kenya, and over the weekend he was lucky to be alive.

The 33-year-old told Kenya’s The Nation newspaper that he and five other people survived a plane crash in Kajiado, Kenya, on Saturday after attending the Maasai Olympics event at the Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary. He told the outlet that the plane experienced an engine problem between seven and eight minutes into the flight.

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Silver medalist Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria, left, gold medalist David Rudisha of Kenya and bronze medalist Clayton Murphy of the USA appear during the men’s 800m medal ceremony at the Olympic Games of Rio, on August 16, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro. , Brazil.
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Rudisha said the pilot tried to land the plane safely, but one of its wings hit a tree, causing the plane to spin before landing on a rocky field. Kenya Masters Athletics president Stephen Ole Marai injured his ribs in the incident, according to The Nation.

“We thank God that we all made it out alive with some soft tissue injuries that were treated before all but one were released,” Rudisha said.

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David Rudisha of Kenya celebrates after winning gold and setting a new world record in the men's 800m at the London Olympics on August 9, 2012.

David Rudisha of Kenya celebrates after winning gold and setting a new world record in the men’s 800m at the London Olympics on August 9, 2012.
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“It was a terrifying episode where you have your heart in your hand while praying to God. The pilot did an amazing job keeping the plane afloat and stable for a long time.”

It is reportedly the second time Rudisha has experienced a heartbreaking incident in her life. He escaped with minor injuries in a car accident in Kenya in 2019.

Gold medalist David Rudisha of Kenya celebrates on the podium at the Rio Olympics, on August 16, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Gold medalist David Rudisha of Kenya celebrates on the podium at the Rio Olympics on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Rudisha won gold in the 800-meter dash at the 2012 London Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She also holds the world record in the event with a time of 1:40.91.



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