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Rudisha heroics at Olympic stadium were symbolic for Coe

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David Rudisha of Kenya shows off his gold medal (Reuters)

In the build-up to Thursday's night of athletics action at the Olympic Stadium, all of the talk was naturally about Usain Bolt in the 200 metres.

However, after David Rudisha tore the place apart with his world-record run in the 800 metres final, he got his fair share of attention. A runner of that supreme talent deserves the sort of acclaim that others who are nowhere near as dominant in their own events seem to get.

I think the way he ran his way to a gold medal so dominantly must have been hugely symbolic for the man who has made this all happen - Lord Coe.

Seb was holder of that record for almost 20 years before Wilson Kipketer broke it in 1997, and the way Rudisha became the first man to go under one minute 41 seconds in the stadium that Coe got built is a wonderful tribute to his contribution in making these Games such a huge success.

To have the greatest half-mile ever run at these Olympics is just one of the many incredible moments that the stadium has already played host to, but for Coe this one will be extra special.

As for the main event of the night, the 200 metres, Bolt did not disappoint. He may not have broken his own world record at these Games - just as he did not in the 100m last week - but that should in no way diminish his achievement. It is important to realise that he was not running to break that record, only to win that race.

To become the first man to retain the Olympic 200m title is exceptional, but to do it as part of a 'double double' with the 100m too is out of this world. With this victory, a champion turned into a legend.

I understand that he hasn't got the same work in his legs as he had previously. That is why you saw him manage those final 30 metres enough to keep Yohan Blake at bay but little more. However, I never bought it when he was complaining that he wasn't it perfect shape - he looks in incredible shape.

You could argue that his 9.63 for the 100m in those conditions was his best ever run. Had he run that race on Thursday night, he probably would have broken the record.

And then you have Blake, who is clearly a top sprinter already but is still improving , and Warren Weir making it a clean sweep on the podium. What better advert for Jamaican sprinting could you ask for?

There has been a bit of talk about Bolt and Rudisha going head-to-head over 400 metres in a one-off event similar to when Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey went up against each other over 150 metres after they had both won their own events in Atlanta.

It is the sort of thing that could be a lot of fun to see, as long as people treated it as a novelty and not as a serious contest. Right now, I'm not sure I could pick a winner.

It was not much of a surprise to me to see Barbara Spotakova defend her Olympic javelin title. She is a real physical specimen of a thrower and she is coached by my former nemesis, Jan Zelezny.

Credit should be given where it is due. To win back-to-back Olympic titles in a discipline which can take its toll on very specific parts of the body like that is a great achievement.

Jan is obviously doing something right because his protege in the men's competition, Vitezslav Vesely, is the overwhelming favourite to win his event too.

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Tomorrow sees the final of the men's 4x400m relay, and I think Team GB could benefit from what should be a very open field this year.

The US failed to have a man qualify for the final of the 400 metres final for the first time Olympic history, a ridiculous statistic.

So with the Americans not being as strong as they usually are, I really think Britain can medal. Whether or not they can grab the gold is a different issue, but I don't see why they can't be on the podium.

But for me, the most enthralling thing about that race will be the presence of the South African team. To have Oscar Pistorious in there running the third leg is already a romantic concept, but the fact they are in the final after initially being disqualified is the stuff of Hollywood. To see them medal in that final would rank as one of the great Olympic stories, like something out of a blockbuster movie.

I am saying it with my heart rather than my head, but with this field the way it is and the story behind that team, you never know...

Former javelin world record holder and twice Olympic silver medallist Steve Backley will be an expert consultant for Eurosport-Yahoo! during the London 2012 Games.

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