He says he had no idea what shape he is in. He says those words.
He said he likes to take it out from the front and would always take it out from the front no matter what, aka stupid.
Even Rudisha let someone else take out the 800m in Rio when he realised they had gone out too hard.
Another terrible post by ex-runner.
1. Anyone who has ever trained AT ALL knows that saying "I have no idea what shape I am in" isn't the same as saying "gee, I might be in AR shape, I might be in 1:50 shape. Who knows!" Obviously he has come along a fair bit since the layoff, and is somewhere between the couch and his former 1:43outdoor fitness. Obviously it was his first race of the season and he hadn't set a benchmark in a 2018 race yet ("I have no idea"). Also obviously, he wasn't trained to run his PR this weekend. Of course he knew that.
2. Not stupid. Smart, in fact. He probably has the easiest speed in the business. Runners like that don't run their best times and placings by hanging back. You are just not understanding that for a true 400/800 runner there is no sense at all in coming through 7-8 seconds slower than 400 ability, ever. They will slow down by 2-3 seconds NO MATTER WHAT, and might as well get out fast. Don't bother saying 'but Rudisha even split that one time,' the exception that proves the rule. He ran faster, over and over, off of 49-second splits, and when he ran 51/51-->1:42-high he was in 1:41 if not 1:40 shape.
3. Rudisha has front-run probably 95% of his races. Again, naming the exception where he doesn't shows how uncommon it was for him. If you want to talk about Rudisha's strategy when his is off-fitness, more often that he has hung back and won in those cases, he has started fast and lost. You are actually proving the point that front front-runners have got to front-run.