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Five years ago, David Rudisha of Kenya arrived in London with hopes of delivering something special at the Olympic Games. He left not only with a gold medal but also a world record which he savours to date.

The 28-year-old Rudisha on Monday will be among the first batch of Kenyan athletes heading to London for the World Championships and he hopes he will be able to weather the storm from a group of upcoming runners to retain his title, reports Xinhua news agency.

To his critics, Rudisha’s star has dimmed with time and he is not the mercurial athlete that he was five years ago when he cruised to a world record time of 1:40.91 in the men’s 800 metres.

But a focused Rudisha has remained adamant saying he is satisfied with his final preparations for the World Championships.

This will be Rudisha’s fourth appearance this season having lost in all the previous three appearances in Shanghai (China), Kingstone (Jamaica) and Ostrava (Czech Republic).

“My preparations are going on well. I’m happy with the training. I have been working on endurance, speed and some good track sessions just to make sure that I have everything balanced. There should be no fear about my preparedness,” he said.

First Published | 28 July 2017 5:10 PM
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