13 June 2012

Kenya: Rudisha Named in Relay Squad

A showdown between two of the fastest men in athletics David Rudisha and Usain Bolt looms after the Kenyan is enlisted in the national 4x400m relay team gunning for podium position at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Rudisha holds the world 800m record while Bolt holds both the 100m and 200m records and was part of the Jamaican team that holds the Olympic title.

The Olympic 4x400m relay final could bring two of the greatest runners in history together for the first time. Rudisha recently said he is planning to run in the relay for Kenya while Bolt was also quoted as saying he is considering competing in the event for Jamaica. Rudisha was even hoping that they get paired together on the anchor leg.

Bolt and Rudisha have said that their decision to run in the 4x400m will hinge on the performances of their team-mates. Rudisha has said that if the Kenyan team make the Olympic final then he will be ready to offer help. Athletics Kenya chairman said Rudisha expressed his desire to be part of the team and the federation was elated to enjoin the lanky runner.

Some of the athletes in contention for the Kenyan team are US-based Anderson Mutegi, Vincent Kosgei, Vincent Mumo, Mark Mutai, Alphos Kishoyan and Jonathan Kibet. "With Rudisha in the team, we stand a very high chance of getting a medal in London," observed Kiplagat. He, however, said the team will have to work hard to ensure they are in the final IAAF list of 16 teams to take part in the Olympics. "We have to send this team to the Senior Africa Athletics Championships in Benin for them to defend their position eight in the world since if we don't, we might find there are others who have recorded better times, locking us out." "They need to improve their time since we have some other teams which are coming up very strongly including Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius," he added.

The Kenyan team won gold at the 2011 All Africa Games and finished eighth at the World Championships in Daegu earlier this year. The team also won gold at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships held in Nairobi in 2010. Rudisha has already run a 400m this year in Sydney in February as part of his speed training for his outdoor season. His father, Daniel, won silver at the 1968 Olympics as part of the Kenyan 4x400m team, and Rudisha says that gives him a little extra incentive.

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