Rudisha admitted to looking for a bit of "destruction" while he's been out the last 2 years but says he's loving the training once again. "If I make the team, go to Tokyo, qualify for the final and be in that final, yes I will say I will be standing there as a potential gold medallist, or medallist in that event.
Rudisha hasn't raced in two years and had a rough year with separating from his wife and his father dying. But he says, "I still feel like I still have something in me. I have not exhausted everything. There is something left in the tank and that is what I want to exhaust before I think of doing other things."
The article gives little insight as to whether he's in shape or not.
Coming back from injury and proving the critics wrong is always nice.
David Rudisha will be there as a race ambassador.
Some interesting insights: Lagat considers his 2007 World Champs 1500/5000 double gold (his first championship for the US) his best performance ever, he impressed David Rudisha when he did 200s with him after the 2012 Olympics and his one regret is not racing with Hicham El Guerrouj in the mile because he considers his 3:47 PB "pathetically slow."
"Yes, I did not win at the national trials. But remember I lost to [Ferguson] Rotich in trials for Beijing last year and then went ahead to win gold. So, there are no worries."
In other action, Akani Simbine broke the South African record with 9.89 in the 100m, beating Asafa Powell by .03. Bahamas' Donald Thomas got a shock 2.37m victory over Ukraine’s 2013 world champion Bogdan Bondarenko.
*MB: Rudisha 1:43.35 (Negative Split!) (includes race video)
Rudisha admits that his daughter told her "dad, I don't like running", but she still likes imitate his drills and exercises so there is hope for her yet.
Javier Culson got his first win of the year in the 400H.
*Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic Gets Convincing Long Jump Victory Over US's Tianna Bartoletta And Brittney Reese Renaud Lavillenie beat Shawn Barber in the PV, Christian Taylor sailed to a 17.59m TJ win, Ruth Beitia took the HJ, Sandra Perkovic stayed perfect in the discus and Egypt’s Ihab Abdelrahman got a surprise win over Thomas Rohler in the javelin.
*BBC: Diana Asher-Smith Cruises To 200m Win In 22.72/
*IAAF: Ibrahim Jelian And Ruth Jebet Show Olympic Medal Potential As Ferguson Rotich Shocks David Rudisha
"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."
A Semenya-less 800 will see Francine Niyonsaba take on Ajee Wilson and Lynsey Sharp. Jairus Birech vs Conseslus Kipruto in the steeple, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono in the 5K. Non-distance action includes Ameer Webb taking on Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse in the 200, Kirani James (400) and Greg Rutherford (LJ).
“I think I can run something like 1:43.50,"
He criticized the Kenyan government saying, "We were given enough time to do all these things. I don't understand why these people are not treating the matter with a lot of seriousness.