Olympic champion David Rudisha plans to attack his 800-meter world record when he runs his final race of the season on Thursday.
Rudisha said Wednesday he will “try and see if it’s possible” to run faster than the 1 minute, 40.91 seconds he set at the London Olympics when he competes at the Weltklasse Diamond League meet.
“That’s what I’m looking for. This being my last race of the season, I think I just want to give my best,” the 23-year-old Kenyan said.
Rudisha led throughout his Olympic victory three weeks ago but will use training partner Sammy Tangui to pace him through the first 400 on Thursday.
“The last lap I do it myself,” said Rudisha, whose first appearance since winning the gold medal will be just his 11th competitive race this year. “Every race is important in our season and we always want to do the best every time.”