The Irish Priest Who Trains Olympic Gold Medalists - OutsideOnline.com
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2012
MONDAY, JULY 09, 2012
How Brother Colm O'Connell became the guru of Kenyan running
ON THE EVENING of August 9, eight skinny, limber men will line up on the red rubber track inside London’s Olympic Stadium and await the pistol in the 800-meter final. All things being equal, this is what will happen next.
David Rudisha, a six-foot-three Kenyan Masai with dark skin and haughty cheekbones, will start hard. Rudisha, 23, is the world champion, the world-record holder (1:41.01), and the clear favorite for Olympic gold. He knows only one way to race, hitting the front early and destroying his competition with raw speed.