In­jured Rud­isha out of worlds

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

Lon­don, UK - Kenya's David Rud­isha's hopes of ad­ding world 800m 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 cham­pi­onships.

"It's sad and dis­ap­point­ing to an­nounce my no show in the forth­com­ing #lon­don2017 WC due to a quad mus­cle strain," tweeted Rud­isha, who was 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.

IAAF up­holds Rus­sia ban

Rus­sia re­mains banned from in­ter­na­tional track and field com­pe­ti­tion after the IAAF ruled on Mon­day that it had not made suf­fi­cient progress in its anti-dop­ing fight to merit re­in­state­ment.

Rus­sia was ac­cused in a World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) re­port last year of wide­spread state-spon­sored dop­ing. Its ath­let­ics team was barred from last sum­mer's Rio Olympics and will also miss the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships.

A num­ber of Rus­sian athletes, how­ever, have been granted per­mis­sion by the IAAF to com­pete as neu­trals after meet­ing the ex­cep­tional el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, es­sen­tially demon­strat­ing that they've come through trans­par­ent anti-dop­ing test­ing.

IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe con­firmed that 19 Rus­sian athletes were in Lon­don to com­pete at the worlds.

But the coun­try re­mains ex­cluded as a whole after the Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF), meet­ing in Lon­don, voted unan­i­mously to main­tain the ban on the Rus­sian Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion (RusAF).

David Rud­isha

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