2017 IAAF World Championships

Kenya’s Olympic hero David Rudisha out of world athletics championships due to injury

The 28-year-old reveals on Twitter that he will not line up in London

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 1:08am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 10:24am

Kenya’s David Rudisha’s hopes of adding world 800-metres gold to the Olympic title he won in a world record time at the same track in the 2012 London Olympics have been dashed because of injury.

The 28-year-old, who ran an astonishing time of one minute, 40.91 seconds to take gold in 2012, took to Twitter to reveal he could not take his place in the London Stadium for the world championships, where he is the defending champion.

The absence of the two-time Olympic champion, whose run in 2012 was acclaimed as the standout performance of the Games by London 2012 chairman and athletics great Sebastian Coe, could pave the way for compatriot Emmanuel Korir or the man who chased him home in London in 2012, Nijel Amos of Botswana.

The championships get underway on Friday.