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Kenyan World Athletics Champion Survives Plane Crash

1 year agoMon, 12 Dec 2022 13:53:49 GMT
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Kenyan World Athletics Champion Survives Plane Crash

Kenyan world 800m athletics record holder David Rudisha has told local media how he survived after a plane he was travelling in crash-landed on Saturday evening.

The plane which was carrying him and five others came down near a park in Kajiado county in Kenya’s southeast.

The retired Olympic champion told the Daily Nation newspaper: 

All was well close to seven or eight minutes into the flight when the engine of the plane suddenly went quiet.

Rudisha described the moment as scary, when one of the plane’s wings hit a tree, spun and landed on a rocky field. Pictures from the scene suggest that the plane also flipped over.

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One of the occupants was reportedly being treated in a hospital with injuries after the crash. Others who had minor injuries were taken to the hospital and later discharged.

Rudisha who was reportedly unhurt was on his way back from attending the annual Maasai Olympics event at Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary in Kajiado county.

Rudisha holds the 800m world record he set at the London Olympics in 2012.

The 2012 and 2016 Olympic 800m champion who last raced internationally five years ago, reportedly said he is considering transitioning into coaching.

He missed time in the last Olympic cycle due to a quad muscle strain, back problems, a car crash and surgery for a broken ankle. He underwent left leg surgery last November.

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