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David Rudisha wants to try 1500m

David Rudisha

Gold medallist David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya shows his medal during the presentation ceremony for the men’s 800m event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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David Rudisha believes he can expand from the 800m, but not in the distance he’s talked about before.

The Kenyan, both Olympic champion and world record holder in the two-lap race, is considering racing the 1500m before he retires.

“I used to run 400m and through encouragement from my coach and friends, I committed myself to the two-lap race and I have made it,” Rudisha told The Star in Kenya. “I believe with hard work, I will still make a mark in 1500m.”

Rudisha, 24, does not have a registered 1500m time on his IAAF bio page. He ran a hand-timed 45.12 400m in May before suffering a knee injury that knocked him out of the World Championships in August.

There has been much talk about Rudisha and Usain Bolt meeting at 400m, even if just as part of a 4x400m relay, but that has not come to fruition.

Rudisha would certainly not be the first elite 800m runner to give the 1500m a try.

Brit Seb Coe won the Olympic 1500m in 1980 and 1984 and added silver in the 800m at both Games.

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