It has been officially announced on Wednesday that David Rudisha, the Kenyan 800m world record holder and professional athlete, will be unable to compete at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting this season.
The professional athlete has been undergoing some fitness checks and trainings outside the country for a while now and has been exempted from the starting line-up of the 800m race. He was scheduled to compete against some prominent runners as well as the newly-crowned Commonwealth Games champion, Wycliffe Kinyamal.
The 29-year-old is still battling with some injuries that are yet to allow him participate fully in any competition as at now and has undergone several medical checkups both at home and abroad. He is yet to confirm a total recuperation and is yet to announce whether or not he will be featured in any competitions this season.
“I still have injury challenges after I damaged my leg muscles last season in training. I put my muscle under intense stress when doing normal mileage. I damaged my quad,” Rudisha said.
The absence of Rudisha will be greatly felt but in his absence, Kenya will have Kinyamal as the head athlete representing the country with the other vibrant athletes like Jonathan Kitilit and Solomon Lekuta, who was third at the Commonwealth Games.
They all will be fully equipped and adequately trained for the battle against strong challenge from European champion Marcin Lewandowski and local hero Chinese Ma Junyi.
In all these, the Organizers of the Shanghai Diamond League meeting had leveraged the elite team announcement on Rudisha returning to the Chinese city for the competition.
“We hope Rudisha will make it third time lucky in the men’s 800m after finishing fifth on his Shanghai debut in 2016 and third last year,” organizers said last month.