Instead of moving down to the 400m for a race against Usain Bolt, Kenya’s 800m gold medalist David Rudisha is adding a couple hundred meters for a race at the Ostrava Golden Spike in June. He’ll run the 1000m as a challenge to himself. And as a chance to try something new.
“When doing something new you are not sure,” Rudisha told SuperSport in Doha Thursday. “I’ve never attempted 1000m before. I don’t want to speculate because this is something new. Until I can go there, I don’t know what I can do.”
But Rudisha and his manager say he won’t be trying his hand at the 1500m anytime soon, since he considers himself too heavy to compete.
“Test yourself at slightly longer event,” Rudisha’s manager James Templeton said. “How is my body going to respond? Am I going to be off the world record or, wow, that was really tough and it put me in a world of pain so forget that. It’s kind of a bit into the unknown so that is nice.”
Sydney 1500m champ Noah Ngeny currently holds the 1000m world record at 2:11.96, giving Rudisha a little more than 31 seconds to cover that extra 200 meters if he feels like padding his resume.
And as for the 400m one-off against Bolt: “Most of the people are asking on Facebook and on Twitter about this sometimes,” Rudisha said. “It’s very difficult. It also puts a lot of pressure on us. At some point, it would not be a bad idea if we can do it maybe one time in the future just for fun and charity.”
The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:
My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport.
1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.
2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.
3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.
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