Four years ago, David Rudisha failed to make to it to the Beijing Olympic Games locked out by a tendon injury.
Rudisha, now the world 800m champion and record holder, had two years earlier won the World Junior championships also in Beijing and was looking forward to his first ever Olympic games.
The tendon injury, however, ruled him out of the team and, a year later, he was looking forward to redeeming himself in the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Unfortunatly, he failed again after poor tactics cost him a place in the final. The loss was shattering considering that he went to the World Championships as one of favourites for the world title.
But that loss in Berlin seems to have ignited a strong motivation to do better in subsequent championships and it included changing his running style. Previously he preferred to start from the back and overtaking the rest, but now he opted to start from the front.
Since that decision, Rudisha has won almost everything. In 2010, he broke the world record twice in a span of one week. His first record was in Berlin where he had flopped a year earlier when he clocked 1:41.7. A week later, he shaved off six seconds in Rieti, Italy.
In between breaking the two world records, he won the Diamond League trophy in Brussels, claimed the Intercontinental Cup in the Czech Republic and also claimed the African title in Nairobi.
Last year, Rudisha had a chance to redeem himself in the World Championships and he did it easily winning the title which had eluded him three years ago in Berlin.
This year looks like will even be better for Rudisha and he already boasts of an impressive 1:41.7 which he clocked in New York recently.
Rudisha admitted on Thursday that his recent exploits has put him under a lot of pressure ahead of the Olympic games.
“After winning for long, the pressure is always there to maintain it and it is true that iam feeling but my body is in great shape to do even better,” said Rudisha.
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