Jul 16, 2013, 8:34 AM EDT
Reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder David Rudisha will not defend his 800-meter title at the world championships in Moscow next month, according to The Associated Press.
Rudisha, who has had knee pain since May, had missed the Kenyan national championships last week. His injury has been described as a bone bruise under his right knee.
Rudisha’s coach, Colm O’Connell, said Rudisha “has improved quite a lot, but we didn’t want to do a crash course between now and the world championships, which may aggravate the injury.”
Rudisha, 24, broke the world record in the 800 by winning at the London Olympics in 1 minute, 40.91 seconds.
The Americans who were fourth and fifth in that blazing-fast race, Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds, now stand a great chance to become the first U.S. medalist in the 800 at worlds since 1997.
Solomon (1:43.27) and Symmonds (1:43.70) are the first and fourth fastest men in the two-lap race in the world this year.
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