NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha is relishing
his return to competition and hopes to post better results when
he launches his season in Shanghai on May 12.
The 29-year-old is
not about to call it a day on his bright track career and hopes
to start another season with focus on improving his times and
winning the coveted IAAF Diamond League trophy at the end of the
season in Zurich.
Eldoret after returning home from training in Europe, Rudisha
said he intends to redeem his career in the IAAF Diamond League
and is happy to return to China, aiming to get lucky for the
third time after finishing fifth on his Shanghai debut in 2016
and third last year.
“I hold China in
high esteem. As a junior I started my running career with
victory at the world junior championships back in 2006, though I
ended up missing the Olympics due to injury. But I returned to
China and won the world championships.
“In the diamond
league, this is special because I am coming back from injury and
long layoff. I need to win to send out a statement,” he added.
But Rudisha will
expect a chocking field on his return to competition with new
kid on the bloc and Commonwealth Games champion Wycliffe
Kinyamal, Kipyegon Bett and USA based Emmanuel Korir and Michael
Saruni all eyeing his throne.
Rudisha is keen to
shake off excess weight and return to the form that saw him
retain the gold at the Rio Olympics.
“My running weight
in Rio de Janeiro was 77kg. Soon I will be there,” he said.
Alongside the Kenyan
stars in Shanghai, the Chinese city will also have world indoor
champion Christian Coleman making his Diamond League debut when
he goes head-to-head with defending champion Su Bingtian in a
100m showdown that’s sure to be one of the highlights of a
star-studded evening of world-class athletics.
Also running world
champion Justin Gatlin and Canada’s Olympic bronze medallist
Andre de Grasse will also be in the mix with British relay world
champion Chijindu Ujah.
The women’s 200m
line-up is no less impressive, with two-time world champion
Dafne Schippers making her Shanghai debut against Jamaica’s
double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson.