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Rudisha kickstarts 2016 with 1:44.78 win in Melbourne

Kenyan reigning Olympic champion, David Rudisha, began the 2016 Olympic year with a win in the men’s 800m at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Melbourne on Saturday.

David Rudisha in Sydney 2015
David Rudisha in Sydney 2015

Kenyan reigning Olympic champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, began the 2016 Olympic year with a win in the men’s 800m at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Melbourne on Saturday.

David Rudisha, who sets a world record on his way to the gold medal at London 2012, was pleased with his positive start in Melbourne where he clocked 1:44.78 in his first race in 2016.

“Coming here I was hoping for something like 1:44, 1:45,” said Rudisha after the race. “So I was happy to start with that.”

In second place, 20-year-old Australian Luke Matthews smashed his personal best by more than a second to dip under the Olympic games qualifying standard with 1:45.16.

It was ’s fifth win in as many starts in Melbourne, ranging from his meeting record of 1:43.15 in 2010 to his 1:44.94 opening time in 2015, the year he won his second world title.

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