David Rudisha – Portraits from the IAAF Awards Weekend 2016

David Rudisha Monaco 1 Dec 2016

I’m in Monaco this weekend to cover the IAAF World Athletics Awards 2016, the season-capping event organized by track and field’s international governing body to recognize the past year’s best athletes and their achievements.

Two-time Olympic 800m champion and world record holder David Rudisha is one of 16 athletes who has or will meet with the press in the lead-in to Friday’s ceremony. Seven images snapped during the semi-formal get-togethers that took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco follow below.

Also below are a few outtakes from his Q&A session today and a handful of images snapped during his meet and greet at the Fairmont.

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On whether any doubts lingered in his mind about successfully defending his Olympic title after suffering two stinging early season defeats:

David Rudisha: It’s always tough when you get beaten. Although those races – the IAAF World Challenge, the Diamond League – they’re different than championship races and championships running. Championships create a lot of pressure. It’s very hectic. You need a lot of mental strength. That’s I think a reason why some of the very good athletes don’t get through to a final.

So since I’m strong and experienced, and I know how to handle the pressure, the rounds, the heats, just running in control to secure a place in the final.

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