David Rudisha of Kenya, who has the world record in the 800 meters and an Olympic gold medal in the event, announced today that he’d too be withdrawing from the upcoming world championships in Moscow, Russia. Rudisha’s coach cited a nagging knee injury as the reason for the withdrawal.
Colm O’Connell, Rudisha’s running coach, said the 800-meter specialist has had to take six weeks off of training because of the injury to his right knee and wouldn’t be able to fully recover in time to be competitive in Moscow (via CBC):
We held back for long hoping for improvement and he has improved quite a lot but we didn’t want to do a crash course between now and the world championships, which may aggravate the injury since he has been out of training.
The 24-year-old Kenya sought treatment in Germany for his knee problem. According to O’Connell, the doctors there promised the runner he’d be able to recover in less than a month, but that ended up being false.
The IAAF World Championships will run from August 10th to August 18th.