The Return of the King: Can David Rudisha mount a comeback?
2014 was a good year for David Rudisha.
Okay so he didn’t smash the World Record like he did en route to Gold in London 2012 but he gave us another side to his character. We witnessed the Lion, injured, fighting off the young challengers. He was willing to race and be defeated by his rivals even though he knew he was not fully fit. He could have easily taken the sabbitical Bolt has over the past few years and cherry picked his races but he hasn’t.
He could have left himself to be remembered for the World Record run in London, an awesome display of power and grace but instead he has given us something different. He has given us evidence of weakness, emotion and visible strain of effort. He was always enjoyable to watch but sports people who hammer the competition into the ground normally create animosity and most people tend to root then for the underdog. Rudisha is now the underdog, he is still trying to out-pace the opposition from the start but now instead of a cruise to victory we end up witnessing a crushing defeat in the home straight instead, normally by Nijel Amos as seen here.
The question is, can Rudisha return?
He himself thinks so as he has said that preparation this year is much better than 2015. “Last year I was not feeling confident as I was not able to finish my training as I would have wished to, but this year I am doing my perfect sessions and finishing well and strong and so I believe I am in a better form,”
He also said winning the world title and an Olympic gold were both important to him but that the 2016 Olympics is defiantly more important and that it would be special to defend his Olympic gold in Rio Di Janeiro.
His Irish Coach Bro Colm O’ Connell confirmed that Rudisha’s rate of improvement was steady ahead of the World Championships.
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