Olympic 800-meter champion Rudisha to miss Tokyo Games
Two-time Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha won’t defend Tokyo title
GENEVA – Double Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha will not defend his title at the Tokyo Games.
Rudisha’s agent Michel Boeting told The Associated Press on Thursday that Tokyo was “out of the question” for Rudisha due to a lingering hamstring problem.
“He’s just considering his next step, whether it’s retirement or further training,” Boeting said in a telephone interview.
Now 32, Rudisha has not raced internationally since the 2017 season, and the current injury is linked to chronic inflammation of his sitting bone, Boeting said.
Rudisha set the world record of 1 minute 40.91 seconds when he won the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. No one has come since in a second of that time.
The Kenyan retained his title in Rio de Janeiro, clocking 1: 42.15, and also won two gold medals at the 2011 and 2015 world championships.
Boeting said it was not clear whether Rudisha wanted to target the postponed track worlds from 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
“He’s only motivated for the Olympics, which is why it’s hard to say he can really be motivated for the world championships,” said Boeting. “If you talk about the Olympics, you would see his eyes shine.
“He just needs to think about the next step and he has to have the freedom to do it.”
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