Injured Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha to miss World Championships

The world's dominant two-lap runner, Rudisha was one of the athletes the IAAF would have desperately wanted to be at the worlds after Tyson Gay, the former 100 and 200 world champion, said this weekend he would not compete.

updated: July 16, 2013 20:29 IST
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Nairobi: Olympic champion David Rudisha pulled out of the 800 meters at next month's world championships with a knee injury on Tuesday, robbing the track meet of another star attraction after U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay withdrew following a failed doping test.

"My knee problem is progressing well but unfortunately not fast enough to enable me to recover in time," Rudisha said in a statement through Athletics Kenya.

Rudisha's coach, Colm O'Connell, earlier told The Associated Press that the world record-holder had been sidelined from training for six weeks with the right knee problem and received treatment in Germany, but he wouldn't be ready to defend his title at the worlds.

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