Olympic champion Rudisha eyes ‘main’ season 2019


David Rudisha wins in Ostrava (PHOTO/IAAF/www.graf.cz)
David Rudisha wins in Ostrava (PHOTO/IAAF/www.graf.cz)

Two-time Olympic champion and World 800m record holder David Rudisha says he has recovered full fitness and is on course to mark his return to the track next year.

Rudisha who won World titles in 2011 and 2015 says he will use next year’s athletics events to get himself race fit for 2019 which he says will be his competitive season.

Rudisha took time off training to mourn and prepare for the burial of his younger sister Harriet who succumbed to lung cancer last month and was buried Monday at their home in Kilgoris town.

Rudisha pulled out of the 2017 IAAF World championships with a quad strain just days before the global showpiece held in London as Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse went on to dethrone him as World champion.

“The injury was a huge setback because I had prepared myself for the championship and I was ready to defend my title. Unfortunately I did not manage to do it but that’s sports; sometimes we face challenges,” he said.

With the Africa Athletics championship and Commonwealth Games set for next year, Rudisha is hoping get sharper for the competitions.

“Right now am fully fit no pain and am training well for my next race next season. My main season will be 2019 and 2020 because of the world championship and the Olympics so I will use next season as a build up to that.”

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