David Rudisha is facing a fight to be fit for the Athletic World Championships in Moscow after sustaining a knee injury.
"He (Rudisha) was jogging inside Central Park when he realised something was the matter with his knee," stated Rudisha’s coach to reporters.
Rudisha will miss around three weeks whilst he tries to regain his fitness meaning he is a serious doubt for the Kenyan national trials.
Although the Kenyan’s start in the trials is doubtful, as the world record holder in the 800m it is likely he will be given a wildcard and will not have to qualify. Nevertheless Rudisha will miss a chance to prove his worth, as he will miss this year’s national championships.
His coach, Colm O'Connell, is upbeat about his chances saying Rudisha will not need surgery.
"He does not need to run at the trials to be selected for the world championships. He will only run if he feels comfortable,“ continued O’Connell.
"We were already panicking, but we were assured by medical specialists after the second scan that he does not need an operation. But he needs between two to three weeks to rest."
Rudisha has already demonstrated his strength this year, by setting the world leading time of 1:43.87 in his IAAF Diamond League debut this season.
"We really need him in the team to Moscow because of his experience and attitude. We hope he recovers in time," stated Athletics Kenya's vice president, David Okeyo, when asked about the chances of Rudisha managing the competition.
Kenya’s team for the Moscow event will be selected on July 13, and although Rudisha might not be ready by then, it is more than likely for him to be chosen ahead of Timothy Kitum and Antony Chemut.
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