World record holder David Rudisha is in great form ahead of next month’s Olympics in London, where he’ll be the favorite to win his first Olympic gold medal in the 800 meters. Competing for the first time in the United States over the weekend, the 23-year-old Kenyan blew away the field at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in New York, clocking 1:41.74, the fastest time in the world this year, and only 73/100ths of a second off his world record. Watch how Rudisha breaks away during the bell lap in this video.
Speaking after the race, Rudisha said it was fantastic to run 1:41. He said with a few more weeks of good training, he’ll be ready for anything in London. In the British capital, though, the Kenyan star will not have a pacemaker, as he did in New York. “The Olympic final might be a tactical race,” says Rudisha. “There will be no pacemakers. It might be fast or slow. I should be ready for whatever.”
David Rudisha certainly looks ready for a run at Olympic gold. Parker “Pick Up The Pace” Morse, Senior Writer at Running Times magazine, watched Rudisha’s sensational performance in New York and said the lanky Kenyan star’s “gap on the field was Bolt-esque (like Usain Bolt) and it’s quite possible the same will hold in London.”