Beaten Rud­isha makes it to Rio

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Nairobi: Olympic and world 800m cham­pion David Rud­isha scraped into the Kenyan team for the Rio Olympics af­ter fin­ish­ing third in the east African na­tion’s tri­als on Fri­day. Rud­isha, en­dur­ing a poor sea­son, was passed on the fi­nal bend by young­ster Fer­gu­son Rotich and sur­prise win­ner Al­fred Kip­keter. Rud­isha, also the world record holder, fin­ished third in 1:44.23 af­ter getting boxed in. Kip­keter’s time was 1:43.73 and Rotich ran 1:44.05. “My plan was to run from behind but I was caught on the back stretch and boxed in,” Rud­isha told re­porters. “I was only able to come up in the last 150 me­tres and kicked to make the team.” Rud­isha has had a poor sea­son by his stan­dards af­ter win­ning the world ti­tle last year. “To make the team was the most im­por­tant thing to­day. I have noth­ing to com­plain about. I feel that my body is com­ing back pretty nicely and I am in bet­ter form than last year. I am fo­cused and de­ter­mined to de­fend my ti­tle.” Reuters

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