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Rudisha open to super race with Bolt

ESPN staff
May 21, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
David Rudisha broke the 800m world record three times in two years © Getty Images
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Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha remains open to a potential race-off with sprint star Usain Bolt.

Rudisha, who broke his own record in the 800m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, confirmed his interest in facing Bolt at 400m distance.

Despite admitting that no negotiations had taken place, the Kenyan stated that he was toying with the idea of a super-race.

"It's a question that is being asked by so many people," Rudisha said. "Will you race Bolt? I would like to do it in the future. I have not spoken to him about it, but we could do it for charity."

Rudisha, 24, has already competed the distance in his native country this season when posting 45.15secs in May, a time quicker than Bolt has ever managed.

"I felt so good in that race," Rudisha said. "It's a good time because I had not done any formal training for the 400m."

While Bolt has also competed at 400m this season, clocking a time of 46.74secs in February, he will be targeting revenge on compatriot Yohan Blake over the shorter distance at August's World Athletics Championships in Moscow in a bid to regain his world title. Rudisha was quick to praise the Jamaican as one of the best athletes the world has ever seen.

"I can say that Bolt is the greatest athlete in the world," Rudisha said. "We are happy that he gets the attention. He is like our big brother."

When asked who would come out victorious if the pair ever met on the track, former middle-distance runner and 800m world record holder Lord Sebastian Coe did not hesitate in earmarking the Kenyan as clear favourite.

"I'd put good money on that," Coe said. "This is a guy who is running 49 and bits for fun, so I can't imagine he wouldn't be running significantly under 45 seconds if he trained up for it."

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