Shanghai - David Rudisha set his sights on
breaking the Shanghai Diamond League record on Thursday as he steps up his
campaign for the first back-to-back Olympic 800 metres titles in 52 years.
The world record-holder from Kenya said he
was hoping for improvement in his second outing of the season, after clocking
one minute 44.78 seconds in Melbourne in March.
"I want to keep on improving every
time. Of course, my ultimate aim is to be at the top form in August for Rio Olympics,"
he told a news conference in Shanghai.
"I'm also looking forward to improve
from my last time in Australia," he said. "I'm looking forward for
something like 1:43-and-a-half."
The Shanghai meet record is 1:44.63, set by
now-retired Kenyan Wilfred Bungei in 2008.
Rudisha, now 27, set an amazing world
record of 1:40.91 to win gold in the London Games in 2012.
No man has won consecutive Olympic 800m
titles since New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1960 and 1964, while only two others
- Douglas Lowe (1924 and 1928) and Mal Whitfield (1948 and 1952) - have ever
On Saturday, Rudisha will face four other
Kenyan runners in the 800m race, including world finalists Ferguson Cheruiyot
Rotich and Alfred Kipketer. The field also includes Erik Sowinski and Nick
Symmonds, both of the United States.