Kenya’s double world 800m champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, has announced he will miss the 2017 London world championship due to injury.
The world record holder was named among the first batch of Kenyan athletes who are London-bound but broke the news on his Twitter account just hours after the list from Athletics Kenya went public.
“Its sad and disappointing to announce my no show in the forthcoming #london2017 WC due to a quad muscle strain,” said the double Olympic champion who was hoping to win his third successive title in the August 4-13 championship.
Rudisha qualified to defend the title via a wild card courtesy of being the reigning champion and skipped the highly competitive Kenyan trials which was won by Emmanuel Korir. It could see Michael Saruni, third in the Kenyan trials, get a ticket to London afterall having been overlooked.
Athletics Kenya on Monday (31) named Rudisha among a hoard of athletes who are to leave the country Tuesday, Aug. 1 for United Kingdom.
In Rudisha’s absence, Kenya will be pinning their hopes on Korir, Kipyegon Bett, 2016 Diamond League winner Ferguson Rotich and, if recalled, Saruni.
Team Kenya First Batch
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)