Kaki Cruises to Win

Abubaker Kaki is world indoor 800m. He trains with blocks of concrete

Abubaker Kaki’s build-up to the Olympics continues in impressive style. Last night he won the Golden Spike 800m, his second win in his last two outings.

The men’s 800m featured two outstanding juniors, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Kenya’s David Rudisha. The finish was the same as in Oslo last Friday when Kaki set the world junior record of 1:42.69. Kaki again won the race after being paced through the first lap by countryman Abdulagadir Idriss. His time was 1:43.80, with the African champion Rudisha second in 1:44.47.

You may remember that he trains in a ramshackle stadium in Sudan and has to use big stones or concrete blocks for weights. He is now the man to beat over 800m in Beijing. Something of a relief for anyone who wrote a feature on him back in April.