Our preparations for the CAF Confederations first leg fixture received a major boost today as the greatest 800 Metres athletics runner David Rudisha came to offer the boys some encouragement. The world recorder holder, two time world champion, and reigning Olympic Champion, was positive that the boys can do it.
He urged them to keep the eyes on the prize and make it count on Saturday,
“You have reached this stage because you are champions. You earned this and therefore you must fight for it.”
He told them to be encouraged by the fact that they are a young team, reminding them that he was still a youngster himself when broke into the pinnacle of world athletics.
“I was only in my early twenties when I won the world championship and even when I broke the world record for the first time. So being younger than your opponents should not scare you.”
On the maintaining the focus within the two legs, which are seven days apart, Rudisha cited his good form in 2011 where he broke the world record twice in two weeks as an example,
“In 2010, I was in very good form. When I broke the world in Berlin, I was happy but I didn’t let distract my focus. A week later I broke it again in Rieti. So whatever the result of your first leg, do not lose focus. Stay focused until the final whistle is blown in the second leg.”
The coach was happy with the legend and heaped praises on him, “This is a man of stature, all over the world he is known for the greatness he has brought to the world athletics 800 Metres We are humbled and thankful to have him with us today and we pray that he continues to succeed.”