SYDNEY: David Rudisha, Kenya’s 800 metres world champion and world record holder, will kick off his 2012 season in two meetings in Sydney and Melbourne over the next month, Athletics Australia said on Tuesday.
After claiming the world title with an impressive display of front-running in South Korea last August, the 23-year-old will be a strong favourite to claim his first Olympic gold in London on August 9.
Rudisha, who will run the 400 metres at the Sydney Track Classic on February 18 and step up to the two-lap race in Melbourne on March 2-3, said he was looking forward to commencing his season Down Under, as he has for the last two years.
“The people are friendly, the meets are good and it works as a very good start to my year,” he said in a news release. “This year we of course have the Olympic Games and that is the big focus for all athletes but I want to run well throughout the year.”