Rabbits? Not for Rudisha
WORLD champion and world record holder David Rudisha is hoping to lower his own world 800m record during the 2012 London Olympics Games without pacesetter . “I don’t know how it will be like to break the world record without a pace setter,” said Rudisha. “It has never happened before but I am hoping to do it my way,” he said. “To break the world record entails a lot of things including your own form and the weather among other things and I hope everything will be right for the day,” he said. “But by the time we get there, we will see what to do. Maybe this Olympics will be the first, where somebody will break 800m world record without pacemakers.”
Rudisha is, however, not undermining the field which boosts a host of great runners over the two lap race. “I am aware that there is the likes of Kaki (Abubaker of Sudan) who have been running very well.” “But I think everything goes to the person who has trained well and who is ready for the competition and as per my training and my time, which nobody has come near, I expect to do well. If I go there with my current shape, I have no doubt that I will achieve.” Rudisha said he can handle the pressure of being the favourite for the gold medal in London. “ I am ready for the games. This is my first time at the Olympics and I want to make it memorable by winning,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Rudisha has welcomed the decision by NOCK to allow the athletes leave on July 30 for London Olympics. He said the move will allow training programme at high altitude to go on uninterrupted. “If we were to leave on Sunday, we would have disrupted our training because the athletics programme at the Olympics starts on August 3 and this meams we would have wasted 10 days,” he added. Rudisha said the adverse British weather may affect the training of the athletes with an early departure. “From what we hear, the British weather is wet and quite cold and that is why we have opted to stay behind in warmer weather and depart close to the races,” he added. He said most will leave on July 30 .