NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Double Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha of
Kenya will skip the entire Diamond League season as he nurses a
hamstring injury, which has kept him out of competition since
The 29-year-old has
been out of action since July 4 last year. He was expected to
return to competition in the Shanghai Diamond League meeting in
China on May 12, but pulled out after he failed to recover from
Several visits to
the doctors in Kenya and the Netherlands have yielded little
Michel Boeting has lifted the lead on the world 800m record
holder, saying he does not expect him to compete until August.
That will leave him
with little competition save for the Africa Athletics
Championships in Asaba, Nigeria to be held on Aug. 1-5.
currently dealing with an injury to his upper hamstring muscle.
It stems from 2016, when Rudisha won Olympic gold in Rio, but it
went undiagnosed for a long time and because he was constantly
training, it did not have time to heal properly,” said Boeting.
Rudisha, the only
man to have run under one minute and 41 seconds, recently
returned home from Netherlands where he had gone to seek
specialized medical treatment.
“It feels good to be
back home,” said Rudisha. “The focus will be on getting better
and returning to the training tracks.”
Boeting believes the
long layoff will finally help the 800m legend return to his best
form and run at the top level.
“Rudisha has finally
taken the time to let the injury heal, and hopes to return to
training in June. It is uncertain whether he will race this
year, but if he does it would likely not be until August,” he
And unless he is
granted the wild card by Kenyan selectors, Rudisha will
certainly miss the Africa Championships as the trials for the
competition will be in July.
However, the Kenyan
has not given up hope of returning to action and does not
entertain the thought of retiring from the sport having already
won everything that there is.
Rudisha believes he
still has the energy to go the extra mile and he is even
dreaming of winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Boeting said there
is one thing that still motivates him: “If you want to see his
eyes light up, mention Tokyo,” Boeting said.
The 800m is
traditionally a young man’s event, and no one has ever won three
If Rudisha could
pull that off in Tokyo, when he would be 31 years old, it would
rank among the greatest feats in the history of athletics.
However, Kenya has a
horde of young upcoming 800m runners, who Rudisha will find hard
to push away as he returns to action.
Three of the top
names have already shown potential ruling the global stage. They
are Daniel Saruni, Emmanuel Korir and Commonwealth Games
champion Wycliffe Kinyamal.
But Rudisha, who is
nicknamed Lion in his native Maasai community, might just
surprise them all when he is back to his best form and go on to
clinch that third gold, which will make him a true legend and a
run at the hall of fame.