TOKYO (AP) — Emmanuel Korir had barely settled in as the new Olympic champion in the 800 meters when the old champ —one David Rudisha — felt the need to talk to his successor.
Shortly after Korir walked off the track at the Olympic Stadium after leading a Kenyan one-two finish in the 800 final, a cell phone rang in the pocket of a Kenya team official next to him. The official produced the phone, popped it on speaker and announced: “It’s Rudisha.”
Sure enough, the world-record holder and two-time Olympic champion’s voice rang out all the way from Kenya.
“Congratulations, man, congratulations,” Rudisha said, with everyone, including Korir, listening intently. “Ah, that was impressive. You ran a smart race, a smart race. How do you feel?”