World champion Rudisha opens ‘big year’ in Doha

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Olympic favorite David Rudisha will begin his “big year” at the Diamond League season-opener in Doha next month and expects he’ll need three more races to be ready for the London Games.

The 23-year-old Kenyan says he’s in good shape ahead of his first Olympics, where he can claim the one major title missing from an already-impressive record.

Rudisha says he’s “missing the big one” and wants to return from the British capital with a gold medal to go with the silver his father won in the 4×400 relay at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

The younger Rudisha also says this year is “the right time” for him to also run in the 4×400 at the Olympics.

Rudisha followed up his two record-breaking runs in 2010 by winning the world title last year in Daegu, South Korea, giving him world and African titles.