Nairobi, KENYA: World and Olympic 800m gold medalist David Rudisha will miss this month’s World Athletics Championship due to muscle injury he sustained in the training.
Rudisha revealed on Monday that he will not be defending his title through a twitter post reading,
“It’s sad and disappointing to announce my no show in the forthcoming World Championship due to a quad muscle strain”.
The 28-year old, who is the only person to ever run under one minute 41 seconds for the event, was expected to lead Kenya in the medal onslaught in the championship slated to run from 4 to 13 August in London, England.
His unfortunate withdrawal now leaves Emmanuel Korir, Michael Saruni, Ferguson Rotich and youngster Kipyegon Bett as the four Kenyan who will be contesting in the men’s 800m race.
Meanwhile, the first batch of 28 Team Kenya athletes, among them 3000m steeplechase veteran Ezekiel Kemboi departed on Tuesday for London.
The 28 Athletes
Aaron Koech (men 400m Hurdles), Maximilla Imali (women 400m), Edna Kiplagat, Helah Kiprop, Flomena Cheyech (women marathon), Daniel Wanjiru, Geoffrey Kirui, Gideon Kipketer (men marathon), Raymond Kibet, Collins Omae, Boniface Mweresa (men 400m), Faith Chepng’etich, Winnie Chebet (women 1500m), Conseslus Kipruto, Jairus Birech, Brimin Kipruto, Ezekiel Kemboi (men 3000m Steeplechase), Bedan Karoki, Paul Tanui (men 10000m), Agnes Tirop, Irene Cheptai, Alice Aprot (women 10000m), Mark Otieno (men 200m), Emmanuel Korir, Kipyegon Bett, Ferguson Rotich, David Rudisha (men 800m), Julius Yego (men Javelin).