• David Rudisha Out of World Athletics Championships

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Double Olympic champion and World record holder over 800m, David Rudisha of Kenya, withdrew from the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships with an injury.

Rudisha will not defend his World Championships gold after he pulled out of the World Athletics Championships with a quad strain. 

On Monday, July 31, an MRI sacn was performed revealing a grade-one-tear.  

“I was trying to engage more speed,” Rudisha said. 

“In the process I put my muscle under [more] intense stress than when doing normal mileage. I damaged my quad and this saddens and disappoints me a lot.”

“I have been advised that I should take it easy,” 

“If I push it with that pain, it could damage me further – it is not the right thing to do or I would run the risk of missing the complete year. I have accepted my fate with a very heavy heart and would like to wish the team well. I will still come back stronger and even challenge for the title in the next world championships.” he added. 

Without Rudisha, the Kenyan men's 800m squad remains as one of the favorites for medals in London.

Kenyan men's 800m team will be lead by the 22-year-old Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir, the 2017 World leader in the event with 1:43.10.  Other two runners to represent  Kenya in the men's 800m are Kipyegon Bett SB 1:44.04 and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich with SB time of 1:44.37. Both Bett and Rotich are ranked in top five in 2017 world lists. 

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