David Rudisha is ATAF's Athlete of the Year 2012

David Rudisha of Kenya

David Lekuta Rudisha, the world 800m record-holder and London 2012 Olympic champion, from Kenya has been voted by AthleticsAfrica.Com readers as the 2012 AthleticsAfrica's (ATAF) Athlete of the Year.

Rudisha, 24, garnered 54 percent of the votes cast in our readers poll.

His third career World record time of 1:40.91 set at the London Olympics in a race the Kenyan lead from start to finish was amazing and undoubtedly the performance of 2012. 

David Rudisha's 2012 season also highlights fast times in Melbourne (1:44.33) on March 3; Doha (1:43.10) on May 11; Paris (1:41.54) on June 6; New York (1:41.74) on June 9 and at altitude in Nairobi (1:41.12) on July 21 before finishing with a second place in Zurich (1:42.81) on August 30th.

Other ATAF 2012 nominees include:
  • Tirunesh DIBABA (ETHIOPIA)
  • Meseret DEFAR (ETHIOPIA)
  • Oscar PISTORIUS (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • Stephen KIPROTICH (UGANDA)
  • Taoufik MAKHLOUFI (ALGERIA)
  • Tiki GELANA (ETHIOPIA)
  • Ezekiel KEMBOI (KENYA)

The year 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of AthleticsAfrica.Com and we intend to hold a major award and a bigger competition to honour the best and finest athletes, coaches and officials from the African continent at the Athletics Africa Awards (ATAF Awards 2013)

We would like to thank all those who voted and wish all our readers a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2013. Do remember to drop a comment whenever you pop onto our website.

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