On this Day: June 23

David Rudisha and Michael Johnson star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on June 23.

800m star runs fastest ever at altitude

Just in case

On this day in 2012, Kenyan middle-distance runner David Rudisha clocked a staggering 1:42.12 minutes at high altitude in Nairobi during the Kenyan Olympic trials to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

He went on to win the gold medal in London in what was described as “The Greatest 800 Meter Race Ever” and was the first person to run under 1:41 for the 800 metres.

Johnson sets 200m world record at US trials

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On this day in 1996, American sprinter Michael Johnson ran 19.66 seconds in the 200 metres at the US Olympic Trials to break Pietro Mennea’s world record of 19.72 seconds, which had stood for nearly 17 years.

Johnson went on to become the first man to win the 200m and 400m golds at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He captured the 400m Olympic title with an Olympic Record time of 43.49 seconds.

In the 200m final, he finished the race in a world record time of 19.32 seconds, bettering his record set at the US trials a month earlier.

Sporting Birthdays

1940: Simon Hobday, PGA golfer
1951: Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
1963: Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer
1972: Zinedine Zidane, French footballer
1992: Bridget Sloan, American gymnast