- Once again, the world 800m record holder David Rudisha shows his determination and willpower. This year’s Tokyo Olympic Games postponement to 2021 is a blessing in disguise as it offers him extra time to prepare.
Rudisha, 30, has not been part of the championships for over three years. His last race was on July 4, 2017. He was nursing quad muscle strain and back problems.
The Gold Medalist is grateful for the extra time for preparation. But “thanks to God”, Rudisha said, the Games have been pushed ahead to 2021.
Rudisha’s drive to return and defend his Olympic title in Tokyo is legendary. “What inspires me is the idea of returning to the running circuit, being there to defend my title in Tokyo,” Rudisha added.
Rudisha is set to return to competition. He looks forward to resuming full training when the Kenyan government lifts its ban on training camps. He is determined to become the first man to set and break three Olympic 800m titles.
The record holder has an unflinching self-belief. “I always fight whatever challenges I get, on the track, in work, and life. That is why I was expecting this year to be my year of a big comeback,” said Rudisha
Leaving a great legacy is his desire. “I want to live up to my name,” said Rudisha.
“The cancellation is a blessing in disguise,” Rudisha said. He is thankful for the time he has for his family and another opportunity to build his muscles in readiness for the 2021 championship.
His family is his number one fan. “This is the best time for athletes to put into action the tough rules they learn daily in the field by helping their loved families to respect and adhere to the safety rules. Our families are our number one fans and as this is where we draw our greatest inspiration and we should guide them well at this time of crisis.” Rudisha expressed.
Indeed, the record holder has a record of pursuing what he sets his heart to. As his surnames state it’s our wish that he fulfills his wish of setting one more record.