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Rudisha has Berlin in sight

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.


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  1. venessa

    June 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Great piece!

  2. faith

    June 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    this is not fair at all,they should have been given warnings before the harsh judgement….

  3. waitherero mumo

    June 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    lecturers call it cheating students call it TEAMWORK.survival for the fittest

  4. kaboo

    June 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    this is unfair.through investigations should be done

  5. Sumeya

    June 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    WOW!! This is a great piece.
    Society should be aware of the injustices that happen in campuses in Kenya,this was really unfair to these students and something should be done about it to get to the bottom of this story.
    Kudos Olyvia!

  6. wamateni

    June 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

    am a former student of multimedia university and i found the writing on the wall and the time i stayed there for three yrs the writings were still there so to suspend student in the name of cheating in exam is injustice of the highest order in this country. to the admin pliz carry your own cross without victimizing innocent student,this is the reason,the last time the walls were painted i think it was when the college was been officially opened and some of those student were still in primary school or perhaps nt the so called hero of catching students cheating,had u closed your eyes before the paper began?did or the student look at the wall at the same time as if they were starting a race?do you understand the rules that r followed when supervising exams?can the whole class copy exam and if so u should revise your tactics of teaching because u rare headed for doom.

  7. Emmanuel Chenze

    September 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Sadly this happens a lot in universities.

  8. kennedy ong'or

    September 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Ati diploma students are intellectually weaker than their degree counterparts! Shame on you Dean, this sort of intellectual hogwash is indeed IQ mediocrity on your part.

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