World champ Rudisha will not rush return from injury
18 December 2013, 18:00
Nairobi - Kenya's Olympic 800m Olympic champion David Rudisha will not
rush back into competition until his knee injury, which has kept him out
for six months now, is completely healed.
Speaking in Eldoret, Rudisha, who has already started light training,
confirmed that he will not be returning to Australia, where he has made
a norm to start his season, but instead will remain at home to see how
the knee injury responds to different reactions and trainings.
"I will not be going to Australia. It has been where I have always
started my season, a place where I intensified my training and tested
the body in competition."
"But I have been out of competition since June when I pulled my
muscles and got a knee injury in New York while training. It means I
have to take it slowly, one day at a time and see how it will react,"
Rudisha said on Wednesday.
During the six-month period that he has been out, Rudisha has had
time to rest with the family and support his wife with taking care of
their daughter as she goes on with her studies at Moi University in
"Maybe we will have another child in 2014. That is certainly in the
pipeline now that she is clearing her studies. But I have also to work
hard to get my body back to form ahead of the next season," said
The World Record holder (1:40.09) said he has had shuttle trips to
Australia, Germany and back home in his rehabilitation programme and is
happy it has ended well and he can train without much pain.
However, he said it is still a delicate issue that must be handled
carefully as he pushes his body back to its top form that saw him break
the world record three times and post the best ever times in the two-lap
Rudisha said that with Australia meetings -- in Melbourne, where he
runs 400m and Sydney (800m) -- out of his programme, he is looking at
Doha Diamond league in May as the first serious competitive event for
"I want to give myself enough time to heal, to pick up the momentum
and see that I run at my optimum best. I still have a long way to go and
with time and good care, I am certain to get there," he said.
In Rudisha's absence, Ethiopia' s Aman Mohammed, the only man to have
beaten Rudisha twice, of course after the season conclusion, stamped
his authority to win the World Championships in Moscow, to add to his
gold medal at the World Indoor and bronze at the World Junior.
But that will not be prompting Rudisha to try his feet on the indoor circuit.
"I have no plans to run in the indoor races. The focus is to run
outdoor and Doha looks a good bet, I will be in my best form and able to
show my fans what I really can do. I miss running, it is my life, my
career and my hobby," he said.
Rudisha however, expressed his frustration over the failure by Kenya
to get an athlete to stand in for him at the World Championships in
For the first time in over 15 years, Kenya found itself locked out of
the finals of the World Championships in the two-lap race when Africa
silver medallist Anthony Chemut, Ferguson Rotich and Jeremiah Mutai
failed to make the finals.
"These athletes are promising. They lack experience, but for a
moment, they underrated the opposition. Every race is run differently
and they need to focus and treat each rival as an equal," Rudisha's
coach Colm O'Connell said.
Though Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat has come out to
defend the country selection, the realization that there was nobody to
challenge eventual winner Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia in the finals is
leaving many asking question on what went wrong.
"It is absurd that after my injury, there was nobody serious to take
over. I also realised that Olympic bronze medallist Timothy Kitum was
also injured and could not get a wild card to the team. But we need a
wider pool of talented athletes to draw from. It is not right to depend
on just a few, we have talent everywhere," said Rudisha.
First sign that the team was not up to task was raised by Olympic
800m bronze medallist Timothy Kitum, who said, it would be a struggle
for Kenya to retain two-lap race title, weeks before the team left for
Without defending champion Rudisha or himself, Kenya team was exposed
to the bare threat and lacked the steel on which the silk of Africa
silver medallist Chemut, Rotich and Mutai would be wrapped.
"It was bad that I never made the team," said Kitum. "Kenyan trials
is not a complete reflection of one's ability but we have to accept that
it is the way the country will always select its national team."
"I failed to make the cut and that is it, I can't blame anyone. But
looking at the team we have, it leaves a lot to be desired. They are
inexperienced and have no record to prove. I see them struggling to make
an impact in Moscow."
Rudisha missed the World Championships because of a knee injury. He
felt pain in his right knee at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York in
However, the issue of doping, is something that irks the World 800m
record holder, saying that it is tainting the country's image, yet there
are so many athletes who are doing their best in training going through
hard work to compete.
Rudisha said it was wrong for the world to group all Kenyan athletes as cheats.
"It is sad, and the faster they tackle this problem the better. It is
wrong to think all elite Kenyan runners are cheats. We train hard to
achieve what we have on the global stage. But of course there are some
athletes who will want a short cut."
"They are maybe forced to do it by others inspired by greed to reap
where they have not sowed. Sport is a noble profession and should be
respected because it brings all types of people together. We should not
soil it with use of drugs and banned substances to boost our
performances. Doing that will be killing sports," said Rudisha.
Kenya named Professor Moni Wekesa to lead the 12-member committee to
table a report on the infamous doping allegations that was brought to
the fore by Germany TV. A year ago, the World Anti-Doping Agency asked
Kenya to investigate doping cases after an undercover German television
journalist reported that the blood-boosting drug EPO and other doping
products were readily available to local athletes.
Moni Wekesa team will also investigate the involvement of person or
persons in the administration or the supply of drugs to the athletes and
assess the true extent of doping and the availability of banned
Since January 2012, increased doping tests have netted 17 Kenyan cheats.
"The irony of the matter is that most of those caught are average
athletes trying to carve a niche in athletics. Most top athletes are
clean, they are tested regularly. But it is a wake-up call."
"I have broken the 800m record severally without any influence. I
have to tell the upcoming athletes that they need to be patient, put a
lot in training and wait for the result. Whatever the outcome they
should be satisfied by it," said Rudisha.
For now, that can take the back seat as Rudisha focuses on getting
his body fit for the new season starting with the Diamond League.
Maybe, when he is ready, and has had a pep talk with his coaches,
then he will know if it is viable to run at the Commonwealth games in
Glasgow in August. For now training is all Rudisha thinks of.