Two times Olympic Champion David Rudisha suffers setback in title defence at Tokyo Olympics

David Rudisha (Photo Credit- Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Kenya’s David Rudisha underwent another surgery and it has significantly reduces his chance to become the first man to win three consecutive Olympic titles in 800m as he won the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Olympics in 800m title.

Rudisha suffered from knee and back injuries not competed in almost years and also twisted his left ankle last week and agonized a healthy surgery on Thursday.

“During a walk on the compound the 31-year-old stepped on uneven ground, and initially believed it was not a serious injury,” his manager Michele Boateng said in a press statement.

“He continued with exercises that wouldn’t cause further harm to his ankle but after a lack of improvement over the weekend, he underwent an examination and was diagnosed with an ankle fracture at St. Luke’s hospital in Eldoret.”

Rudisha is also won back to back Olympics titles along with Mo Farah, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.

The 31-year-old had started his training before the coronavirus pandemic as he believed to be fit to win the title while with the surgery going through, he is asked to be out for a longer period of time.

“It’s been very tough handling all these pressures. I want to put everything behind me and start from here, now that the injury is gone and all that is in the past, so that I can improve myself on the track,” he told the Olympic Channel while attending the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Rudisha also set the world record of 1:40.91 at London 2012.

Sebastian Coe, IAAF president and two-time Olympic 1,500 metre champion, formulated the run as “the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen”.


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