World Record Not On Rudisha’s Radar

Kenyan focused on winning at upcoming African Championships.

David Rudisha, the 21-year-old Kenyan who last week ran the third-fastest 800 meters of all-time — an impressive 1:41.51 clocking in Belgium — has made it clear that he has one goal at the African Championships to be held later this month in his home country: win.

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“I never set my mind on the world record and will certainly not be thinking of it when I run at the Africa championship. But maybe after that when I return to Europe, then it is a possibility,” Rudisha told The Daily Nation. “I am now heading to Eldoret to rest and when I return on Sunday, I will be ready to concentrate on the preparation for the championship. It will be hard as pressure will be on us to win.”

The competition in Kenya for Rudisha will be stiff, with countryman Alfred Kirwa, reigning World Champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and Sudanese sensation Abubakar Kaki all expected to be on the starting line of the men’s 800 meters.

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