Rudisha to run down under


SYDNEY, January 11- World 800m record-holder and reigning IAAF World Athlete of the Year David Rudisha will compete in two Australian events in March, organisers said on Tuesday.
Rudisha, 22, is looking to start his competitive season in Australia in a move he hopes will take him all the way to world championships glory at Daegu, South Korea, in August.

He will make appearances at the Sydney and Melbourne Track Classics in March.

"I couldn’t have asked for a better year in 2010, starting with my time in Australia," Rudisha said in a statement.

"I hope that running in Melbourne and Sydney will again set me up for a strong season and success at the world championships in Daegu."

Last year Rudisha’s all-conquering run began when he set a new personal best time over 400m (45.50) at the Sydney Track Classic in February and new Australian all-comers record of 1:43.15 over 800m at the Melbourne Track Classic the following month.

Throughout 2010, Rudisha was undefeated over 800m, twice breaking the world record for the distance to hold the current benchmark of 1:41.01.

Rudisha will compete at the Melbourne Track Classic on March 3 and at the Sydney Track Classic on March 19.