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Injured Rudisha to skip Doha Diamond League meet

05 May 2014, 13:12

Nairobi - David Rudisha will not be returning to the track in Doha, Qatar on May 9 for the first leg of the 2014 Diamond League series.

The Olympic 800m champion confirmed Sunday in Eldoret that he is carrying a calf injury, which he sustained in training and will have to take his foot off training to let it heal.

"I'm sorry, Doha will not be possible. The injury is not that bad, but I have to take caution. I can drive and do other things, but it is not good enough for the championships," Rudisha told Xinhua in Eldoret.

Rudisha, however, is expected to recover in time for the remaining part of the 14-leg series. He has already confirmed participation in New York in June.

"I'm very disappointed not to be able to race in Doha. I know I have got a lot of fans there and I'm sorry I cannot compete for them," said Rudisha in a statement by the organizers.

His manager James Templeton added: "He has been training well, progressively getting fitter and stronger these last months and was excited about returning to competition in Doha. It's been on his agenda these last months and he's been building towards that.

"However he had a setback last week in training - a strained calf muscle as he was training on the track - that precluded him from competing in the AK meeting in Mumias on Friday.

"It's not a major injury but he has been sore and unfortunately doesn't feel able to risk his comeback by racing in Doha next week," he said

The 25-year-old world record holder twisted his knee in training in New York last May, and could not defend his title at last year's world championships in Moscow.

It was to be the sixth time he was to compete in the Qatar event which is the first in the 14-leg Diamond League calendar this season.

Organizers also confirmed a high jump duel between Russian Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov and local hope Mutaz Essa Barshim, the London Games bronze medalist.

Ukhov edged closer to Cuban Javier Sotomayor's world record 2.45m mark, with the Russian jumping 2.42m indoors this winter.

All eyes will be on Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba, who broke the world indoor records over 1,500m and 3,000m in February.

 - Xinhua

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