Rudisha dares Usain Bolt in Moscow
World and Olympic champion David Rudisha wants a shot in the 4x400m relay race against against Jamaican sprintstar Usain Bolt at the forthcoming World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia.
“Am considering taking part in the 4x400m relay in Moscow and it would be interesting for us to square it in the race after we are done with our respective specialities,” he said.
If the Jamaican sprints star accepts Rudisha’s offer ,then the 4x400m relay final could bring two of the greatest runners in history together for the first time at the World Championships in a showdown between the two of the fastest men in athletics.
Rudisha holds the world and Olympics 800m records while Bolt holds both the 100m and 200m records and was part of the Jamaican team that holds the Olympic title.
“Maybe this year, for me, if the Kenya team will make 4x400m at the World, after my specialty 800m [is complete] I can get excited to run 4x400m in the final,” Rudisha told www.starafrica.com.
Rudisha’s 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.
Last year, Rudisha clocked 45 in a meet in Sydney, Australia to also post the qualifying time of being in the relay team for the London Olympics but unfortunately Team Kenya’s quartet did not qualify for the finals where he was expected to form the squad.
Rudisha has already run a 400m this year at the Athletics Kenya/National Bank (NBK) seventh weekend meeting in Nairobi, on Friday morning clocking 43.05 as part of his speed training for his outdoor season.