David Rudisha targets 1:39 at World Championships in Moscow

Friday November 30 2012

By Odindo Ayieko

After winning the 2012 IAAF Performance of the Year Award Olympic gold medallist David Rudisha says he is not yet done with setting new records.

And he plans to do that when the World Championships are staged in Moscow, Russia in August.

“After I broke the world record for the first time in 2010, I wanted to win an Olympic medal. Now that I have won it, I have started training for the 2013 Moscow World Championships,” he said.

“It is important to keep moving forward. I have broken the world record and have also become the world and Olympic champion. But I can’t rest on the laurels. I want to win the World Championship again in Moscow next year and then possibly win the Olympic title in Rio in 2016. I want to become multiple world champion and Olympic champion,” Rudisha said.

However, he says the conditions may be very cold. “I know Moscow may be a little bit chilly, but as a professional one has to prepare for any conditions,” he said.

Rudisha believes he can be the first man to lower the world 800m record to one minute 39 seconds.

The 24 year old’s performance in the Olympics was the highlight of the Games for many. He ran from the front to set a new world record of one minute 40.91 to beat the 1:41.01 he set two years before.

“I was looking for something like 1:40.50 and I think I was capable of that,” Rudisha said.