by John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Olympic
champion David Rudisha is oozing in confidence ahead of his
second Diamond League 800-meter race in Stockholm on June 16.
Rudisha, who holds the Olympic and world 800-meter record at
1:40.91, last competed in the two-lap race in Shanghai in May
and was a distant fifth. His other performance in the distance
was in Melbourne in March.
"I believe my body is back to its best form and I can
challenge for medals.
"My training has been better and my body is coming back to
its best years," said Rudisha in a telephone interview on
Critics had written off Rudisha’s prospects of defending his
title in Rio Olympics when he finished fifth in Shanghai, but
after his performance in Birmingham a week ago, there is every
fact their assessment might have been too soon and harsh.
Rudisha said: "A New Diamond League record, world lead, and
Africa record over 600 meter time 1:13.10 seconds in Birmingham.
Best show for my Road to Rio progression."
In Stockholm, Rudisha will come up against Ethiopia’s world
indoor champion Mohammed Aman, Olympic bronze medallist Timothy
Kitum, Ferguson Rotich of Kenya, Adam Kszczot of Poland and
Bosse Pierre-Ambroise of France.
"It was disappointing in my first competition with the
confusion in Shanghai," said Rudisha about his poor run in
"It was a mistake and I have to apologize to my fans.
"I felt I should run an 800 meter the following day to prove
something was wrong.
"It’s tough when you make such a long journey and everything
gets screwed up, but in sport mistakes can happen," he said.
With the injuries that followed his remarkable Olympic win
and world record in London 2012 now well behind him, Rudisha is
looking forward to a return to his best this season and
Stockholm might just be a pointer to what to expect at the Rio