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IAAF World Championships 2017: Reigning 800m champion David Rudisha withdraws due to injury

London: Kenya's David Rudisha's hopes of adding world 800 metres gold to the Olympic title he won in a world record time at the same track in the 2012 London Olympics have been dashed because of injury.

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha celebrates winning the men's 800-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. David Rudisha has withdrawn from the world athletics championships. The two-time Olympic champion confirmed his withdrawal on Monday, July 31, 2017 via Twitter and will not defend his 800-meter title due to injury. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

File image of Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha. AP

The 28-year-old — who ran an astonishing time of 1min 40.91sec to take gold in 2012 — took to Twitter to reveal he could not take his place in the London Stadium for the championships.

"It's sad and disappointing to announce my no show in the forthcoming #london2017 WC due to a quad muscle strain," tweeted Rudisha, who was the defending champion.

The absence of the two-time Olympic champion -- whose run in 2012 was acclaimed as the standout performance of the Games by London 2012 chairman and athletics great Sebastian Coe — could pave the way for compatriot Emmanuel Korir or the man who chased him home in London in 2012, Nijel Amos of Botswana.

The championships get underway on Friday.

Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 10:03 AM | Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 10:04 AM

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