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Rudisha out to scorch Monaco

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NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19- After securing his place in the Kenyan roster for the forthcoming World Championships in Daegu, men 800m record holder David Rudisha is out to lay a marker at Friday’s Herculis Samsung Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

Rudisha, who won his speciality at his country’s selection event for South Korea in 1:43.76 (at altitude) is seeking to race in the region of a low 1:42 or high 1:41 in Monaco as a statement of his intent to bag his first world title.

“The way forward is to prepare both physically and emotionally to ensure I do my best after I completed the first step and made the team,” Rudisha said prior to his departure to the Mediterranean principality.

He promised to attack the Monaco track from the front since, “Nowadays, I’m doing well from controlling the pace from the front and that has been my tactic.”

Rudisha who twisted his ankle in the run-up to the Kenyan Trials also stated, “The injury is almost gone completely. I was pushing my training so hard before the Trials but now I’m relaxed.”

His world leading 1:43.76 set in Nancy France, is only 200th of a second quicker than his winning time at Nairobi’s high altitude and the Commonwealth and World titleholder believes Monaco will offer him the opportunity to deliver a warning to his rivals.

“I’m not promising anything but doing well and having a good time in Monaco will be a good way to prepare for the World Championships,” the runner who exited at the semi-finals at the last edition in Berlin two years ago offered.

Unbeaten since, Rudisha ran his first world record of 1:41.09 in Berlin last September before lowering the mark to the standing all time best of 1:41.01 a week later in Rieti.

Asked whether he would aim at his own career best once Korea is over, he responded, “My focus this season is the World Championships and if all works according to plan, then I will think of giving my fans something after that.”

Compatriot and Commonwealth 1500m champion, Silas Kiplagat, is relishing the prospect of returning to the arena where he made his international name last year with the world leading 3:29.27.

“Monaco is very special to me and I want to go there and run an even faster time than last year. I feel I’m in top shape at the moment and this is what I want to carry to the World Championships,” the athlete who ran a soil record of 3:31.39 to win the men 1500m Kenya Trial stated.

Kiplagat, who won the Club Games title in Delhi last October obliterated a field boasting of eight runners in the top 20 of the 2011 world lists at the Kenyan meet and believes time to ascend to the summit of the globe in Korea is nigh.

“I will continue with the training I have been doing and I believe winning gold for my country again is possible and would make me happy,” he added.

World junior 3000m champion, Isaiah Kiplangat Koech, who edged a potent field in the men’s 5000m race is also penned for Monaco.

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