Rudisha returns to Australia for Olympic build-up

Thursday February 18 2016

Kenya's David Rudisha celebrates winning the final of the men's 800 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. The double Olympic and world champion will begin his build-up to this year's Rio Olympics in Australia next month, Athletics Australia said on Thursday. PHOTO | OLIVIER MORIN |

Kenya's David Rudisha celebrates winning the final of the men's 800 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. The double Olympic and world champion will begin his build-up to this year's Rio Olympics in Australia next month, Athletics Australia said on Thursday. PHOTO | OLIVIER MORIN | AFP

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SYDNEY

Kenyan Olympic and world champion David Rudisha will begin his build-up to this year's Rio Olympics in Australia next month, Athletics Australia said on Thursday.

The world 800-metre record holder will compete at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge and the Perth Track Classic.

It will be the 27-year-old's fifth trip to Melbourne, and his first appearance in Perth.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Australia, it has played such an important part in my programme over the years," Rudisha said in a statement.

"As I ready for the Olympic Games again I am keen to duplicate the build-up that worked in 2012.

"Perth is somewhere that I haven't competed before and I always look forward to running in a new city."

Rudisha will be joined in Australia by a fellow Kenyan, the 1500m runner James Magut, Jamaican 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer and compatriot Christine Day in the 400m.

The IAAF Melbourne World Challenge takes place on March 5 followed by the Perth Track Classic on March 12.