David Rudisha Returning To Australia

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 1, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 23, 2012 at 4:07 AM UTC

He ran very well there last year.

Australia is a special place for 800m specialist David Rudisha. The Kenyan kicked off his season last year in the “land down under” and it eventually led him to a world championship gold medal.

This time around, he hopes it will get him to the Olympic podium. Rudisha is competing in the Qantas Australian Athletics Tour.

“Australia has been good to me for the past two years in my preparation, so I am happy about returning there again,” he said. “The people are friendly, the meets are good and it works as a very good start to my year. This year we of course have the Olympic Games and that is the big focus for all athletes, but I want to run well throughout the year.”

Rudisha was on fire at this time last year in Australia. In January, he clocked 1:43.88 in the 800m at the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic and then ran 1:44.80 in Sydney two weeks later.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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