Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Missionary and the Olympian

David Rudisha

When Kenyan David Rudisha won the gold medal for the 800 meter run at the 2012 London Olympics, he led from wire to wire in a world record setting display of speed which established Rudisha as perhaps the greatest 800 meter runner of all time.   From the time he first took up running in his teens, Rudisha has had only one coach: an Irish missionary brother named Colm O'Connell.  Rudisha and O'Connell's remarkable story is told in the BBC documentary above called "100 Seconds to Beat the World."

Ever since St. Paul, the Church has proposed athletes as models to those seeking to advance in the spiritual life.  From Rudisha's story, it's easy to see why.

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