Saturday, December 8, 2012

My very best is yet to come, warns Rudisha

By AYUMBA AYODI [email protected]

World record holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha says the word is yet to see the best of him.

“One would say I have it all…a World title, Olympic title and the world record but I always have something to motivate me,” said the 23-year-old following yet another accolade: Kenya Sports Personality of the Year.

The runner from Kilgoris said he still had a strongest desire and motivation to retain his World title next year in Moscow before going for a hat trick in Beijing in 2015.

“From there I will focus on defending my Olympic title at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro.  I also want to be referred to as double World champion, triple World champion and double Olympic champion,” Rudisha said.

“I can’t achieve this without God’s blessing and this is when I need him most.”

Rudisha said his training continues. “In athletics you never stop since your victory only spurs you and heightens the urge for better things.”

Rudisha, who won the London Olympic Games gold in a record-breaking time of 1:40.91 noted that it had been one of his most successfully season and also the nation.

“Winning the Olympic title with a world record time and the IAAF World Performance of the Year Award is awesome. It’s even humbling to be recognised back at home with the Athletics Kenya, Athlete of the Year and now The Sports Personality of the Year Award (Soya),” said Rudisha.

Rudisha, who was speaking after being crowned the overall winner at the Soya Awards Gala at the Carnivore, said it had always been his dream to hold the a world title, Olympic title and world record.

Misused by politicians

“It’s not an easy thing for an athlete to achieve that but I thank God I have been able to manage and handle it in a special way,” said Rudisha.

Rudisha said holding a world record is smoothing special but said one can’t predict when it will be broken. “I can start talking about improving that record now before I see how my training goes. Maybe until mid next year or in March is when I will know how my body is responding.”

Rudisha paid tribute to his coach Colm O’Connel for nurturing his talent and transforming him to a world beater. “I want to thank the people who have contributed to my success especially my coach brother Colm, who has been with me since I was a youngster in 2004,” said Rudisha.

Rudisha called on the youth to embrace and promote peace and avoid being misused by politicians ahead of next year’s general elections.

“A country is build on peaceful co-existence hence the country should remain peaceful even after the elections,” said Rudisha. Rudisha also won the Sportsman of the Year Award.

World Marathon Majors winner Mary Keitany won Sportswoman of the Year Award, beating London Olympics 5,000m silver and 10,000m bronze medallist Vivian Cheruiyot.

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