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Could David Rudisha beat Bolt?

Sep 28, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

David Rudisha

Usain Bolt may be the “world’s fastest man,” but if we could put money down on just one Olympic athlete to win his event it would be Kenyan 800 meters runner David Rudisha, who took gold this summer in world record fashion.

Not surprisingly, Rudisha agrees. He told the Press Trust of India Friday that he thinks he’d have a 50-50 shot against the famous Jamaican sprinter.

“[Bolt] is quick in 100 and 200 meters and is really unmatchable,” Rudisha said. “But over the distance I hold the edge. If I prepare for more speed, who knows? I may be capable of beating him.”

Apparently the two friends were planning to go head-to-head for a leg of the 4x400m relay in the London final, but neither country made it that far. Now Rudisha is hinting that he and Bolt, ever the showman, could meet in an exhibition race at some point in the future, much like when Atlanta gold medalists Michael Johnson and Donovan Baily raced 150 meters in 1997.

“Maybe you will see ‘Bolt vs. Rudisha’ for some showpiece event,” Rudisha suggested. “It could be for fun.”

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