London: London 2012 chief Seb Coe has said that fastest man Usain Bolt would be beaten by David Rudisha if they went head-to-head over 400 metres.
Kenya’s Rudisha grew up studying Coe’s races and visited the Olympic Stadium with him in February.
Rudisha clocked an astonishing 1min 40.91sec to demolish the field and take gold in the fastest 800m race ever, the BBC reports.
Rudisha would love to face double sprint king Bolt over one lap and Coe said: “It wouldn’t be a freak show and Rudisha would win. I’d put good money on that. Rudisha would run a 400m naturally better than Bolt.”
Coe also insisted Rudisha’s victory on Thursday had been the standout track performance of the entire Games, adding: “Bolt was good but I thought Rudisha was magnificent.”