Rudisha heartbroken as injury rules him off London

By alex wafula
Jul 31, 2017
  • Rudisha becomes the second Kenyan star to pull out of London after defending 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett was ruled out with injury. (SNA. File Photo)

David Rudisha will not defend his 800m world crown in London during the IAAF World Championships which start on August 5.

The World record holder has been ruled out after picking up a quad muscle. According to team coach Bernard Ouma, the injury is not serious but according to the report from the doctor, he needs to take time off to avoid aggravating it.

“We have just received the report from the doctor and he says it would not be advisable for him to race. He can still run yes, but at the risk of making it worse,” Ouma said.

The world record holder had anticipated going back to the stadium where he broke the world record five years ago during the Olympics but that dream has been nipped right in the bud.

He limped off last Tuesday’s training session at the Kasarani Stadium after feeling a twitch and trained lightly on Wednesday. However, after visiting the doctors, he was advised not to race.

“I am very disappointed of course, this is not good news. But it is the nature of sport. We just have to deal with it. I was looking forward to my third world title but now it seems like it will not be,” a dejected Rudisha told Sports News Arena.

He becomes the second Kenyan star to pull out of London after defending 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett was ruled out with injury.

With Aaron Koech not qualified for the World Championships, Kenya will miss a medal in the one-lap hurdles race. In the 800m, Kenya will be represented by youngsters Emmanuel Korir, world junior champion Kipyegon Bett and 2016 Diamond League winner Ferguson Rotich.

Michael Saruni who had qualified but dropped in favor of Ferguson cannot be reinstated in the team as the IAAF registration window is closed.

Despite his absence, Rudisha is confident that Kenya will retain the 800m title. “They are young and in good form, I have no doubt they can do well. I have watched all of them this season and we should support them now,” Rudisha said