NAIROBI, June 25 – Kenya's world junior and African 800m champion David Rudisha said on Thursday he hoped to make the team for the World championships in Berlin as a consolation for missing the Olympics in Beijing.
A favourite for an Olympic medal in 2008, Rudisha was forced to withdraw from the games after picking up a achilles tendon injury in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
But after straight victories in the Czech capital last week and in Hengelo, Netherlands, where he ran a personal best 1:43.53 three weeks ago, the 6ft 3in runner believes he has fully recovered and deserves his place to compete in Berlin.
He strolled to another easy victory in qualifying at the Kenya national athletics championships in Nairobi to book his place in the final on Saturday.
"I started late in my training for the season because the injury took very long to heal but it is my wish to be in the World championships," Rudisha said.
"It is hard to predict who will make the team because everyone is gunning for a place. This being my first major championships as a senior athlete is very special for me," he added.
World and Olympic silver medallist Alfred Yego also qualified for the final by winning the first heat in 1:48.75 while newcomer Jackson Kivuva clocked the fastest time of 1:48.0 seconds.