Ahead of the Doha Diamond League due to begin Friday, David Rudisha, the world and Olympic 800m champion, has said he is motivated to win more laurels after a long talk with his coach.
He added that he was planning an excursion over 1000 meters this year which might yield him another World record.
The Doha Diamond League will be the Kenyan’s season opener after his stupendous World record performance at London 2012.
“It is a dream for athletes to win the Olympic title, and I have achieved that, and to get a World record as well was absolutely fantastic. But it is always good to be motivated to win more, and I want to defend my world title in Moscow this year,” Rudisha told journalists at the pre- game press conference.
“I sat down with my coach and talked about this year, and we agreed that it will be important to defend my title in Moscow. What you have is not important- what you do not have is the important thing. In the past there have been athletes who have won many titles.”
Rudisha added that he had changed his usual practice of starting his year early in Australia and running a 400m. Of his prospective 1000m race, he said with a smile: “I have never competed at 1000m before. This year am looking to have a race in Ostrava and we will see what happens. But there is no pressure on me because whatever time I run will be a personal best.”
Despite his renewed enthusiasm, Rudisha said it won’t be an easy task to be breaking records year after year, an added that repeating his performance of Olympic gold in a world record time of 1 min 40.91 sec, will not also be an easy task.
“When I ran in London I was not thinking about the world record,” he said. “But I knew I could run 1.41 and that if I could do that this would make it difficult for any other athlete to chase me. And that’s what I did.”