Rudisha: Would love to face Bolt in relay
David Rudisha, the 800 meters world champion and Olympic
favorite, likes his chances if he faced Usain Bolt in the right
At a press conference Wednesday for the season-opening Diamond
League meet, Rudisha considered the possibility of facing Bolt in a
showdown he’d love but can’t see happening.
The Kenyan picked the 4×400-meter relay for the dream clash with
Bolt, in that they would meet at a distance between their best
”I would come down to 400 and he is doing 100 and 200 so doing
400 we would meet in the middle,” Rudisha, who has run 400 races
in the past to improve his speed. ”Usain Bolt is fast. I don’t
have that speed. I have that little bit of speed and mileage.
That’s why I say it would be fun and enjoyable to watch.
”It would be an interesting race if we were doing the last leg
together. It would be great seeing two world record-holders
Rudisha, who comes into Doha injury-free, said the race Friday
will help him gauge his buildup for the London Games. Winning gold
is the one major achievement that has eluded the 23-year-old world
champion. A world-best time in Doha would show he is on track, he
”This is an Olympic year and that is my main focus,” Rudisha
said. ”I’m desperate to win the Olympics. This is what I am so far
missing in everything I’ve done.”
Rudisha is the clear favorite in Doha, especially after his
rival Mohammed Aman pulled out. The 18-year-old Ethiopian beat
Rudisha in Milan in September and won the 800 at the world indoor
championships in March.
”He’s good and talented,” Rudisha said, comparing the rivalry
with Aman to his early competition with Abubaker Kaki of Sudan, who
is running the 1,500 in Doha.
”It’s good to get that challenge because it give us good
competition, which is healthy for us … I know if I don’t work
hard, then he will be ready to beat me.”
With two world record-breaking runs in 2010 and the world
championship last year, Rudisha acknowledges his popularity has
skyrocketed. But he said he has no plans to change his training
”Everything changes especially when you do something special.
You see people approach you and the respect they give you because
you did something special,” Rudisha said. ”When it comes to
training and when it comes to your focus, you don’t have to change.
It’s good to be humble and do what you have been doing.”
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