David Rudisha, the two-time Olympic champion and 800-meter world record holder, has been lauded for his achievements both on and off the track.
The athlete, on the other hand, has narrowly avoided death after surviving two near-fatal accidents in the last three years.
The recent accident occurred while the world 800m record holder was traveling to Nairobi from Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary with his colleagues, including Kenya Masters Athletics chairman Stephen Ole Marai, when their light aircraft crashed-landed in Amboseli's Imbirikana area.
David Rudisha, one of Kenya's most famous athletes, was on his way to Nairobi on Saturday, December 10, after attending the annual Maasai Olympics event at Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary, where he was the honored guest.
"It was a terrifying episode in which you held your heart in your hand while praying to God." "The pilot did an incredible job keeping the plane afloat and stable for such a long period of time," Rudisha told Nation.
The athlete described the incident, describing how the engine failed mechanically shortly after the plane took off. This prompted the pilot to fly the plane above the trees.
"The plane's engine suddenly went quiet about seven or eight minutes into the flight," Rudisha explained.
After one of the wings collided with a tree, the plane began to spin out of control, forcing the pilot to crash land on a rocky field.
"He saw some open space and attempted to land the plane, but one of its wings collided with a tree as the plane began to spin before landing on the rocky field," Rudisha explained.
Rudisha came close to death again on August 24, 2019, when his SUV collided with a bus in the Kegogi area, along the Keroka-Sotik road.
After losing control due to a tyre burst, he was driving to his hometown of Kilgoris in Western Kenya when the coalition occurred.
Rudisha was rushed to the hospital and did not sustain any injuries, according to Keroka police chief Walter Abondo.
"He was rushed to Keroka Sub County Hospital, where doctors determined that the athlete had no fractures and could return home to rest," Walter Apondo stated.
Prior to the car accident, Rudisha had decided not to compete in the world championships while recovering from quad and back injuries.
Rudisha would miss the championships because he would not have been ready for the trials, according to his manager.
"He will not recover in time for Kenya's world championship trials, which means he will also miss the worlds in Doha in one month," his manager said.
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