• Rudisha wants fast time in Zurich

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After winning his second world 800m title last week in Beijing, Kenya's David Rudisha says he wants to produce a fast time in tomorrows 800m race at Zurich IAAF Diamond League Meet. 


"Now the world champs is over I’m thinking of pushing a bit and seeing how far I can go," said Rudisha in a press conference on Wednesday.

In the Beijing world 800m final, Rudisha controlled the race upfront clocking a slow 54.5 for the opening lap.  The Kenyan kept controlled the race up to last 100m with no-one really challenging the world record holder. The slow pace allowed Rudisha to have enough power to push away from the field over the in the home stretch to regain his world title from 2011.  With approach Rudisha showed that he can win important races without running fast first lap. 

"The world championships was very important for my come back. Winning was a great thing" added Rudisha.

Tomorrow pacemaker will be Rudisha training partner Sami Tangui. If Rudisha says that he is ready for fast time we can expect 49.0 seconds for the first 400m and who knows if he is recovered well from long travel from Beijing plus the time difference we might  not see a world record, but possibly best time in the world this season.

Poland's world championships silver medalist Adam Kszczot and Kenya's Feguson Rotish, who finished just outside the podium in Beijing could be the biggest threats for Rudisha. Also Olympic 1500m champion Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi and Kenya's Alfred Kipketer will be in the mix.

Diamond League meet Zurich starts today with men's pole vault in Zurich train station followed tomorrow, September 3 with the rest of the track and field program.

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