He wants to smash a seventeen-year-old stadium mark.
Despite the fact that he missed breaking his own world record in five days earlier, Kenya’s top middle-distance ace David Rudisha appeared calm and collected at a press conference in the lead up to the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme – Samsung Diamond League meeting on Friday.
There, the 22-year-old Rudisha is hoping to break the stadium record–a mark that has been held since 1997. That year, Rudisha’s world-record predecessor, Wilson Kipketer, clocked 1:42.20.
“It’s a tough stadium record to bring down, but that is my focus if everything goes well and we have good weather,” Rudisha said.
At the World Championships earlier this month, Rudisha won the gold medal in the 800m event. However, he admitted that after his lackluster fifth-place showing at the World Championships in 2009, he had been under pressure to improve.
“It was really a disappointment I had in 2009 in Berlin,” he reflected. “So I had a lot of pressure coming into 2010 and this last year. After breaking the world record without any title it was really tough for me. All my focus was just on winning this title. There was a lot of expectation from everywhere.”
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