World record 800m runner David Rudisha will be sidelined for about three weeks after suffering an injury while running New York’s Central Park.
“[Rudisha] was jogging inside Central Park when he realized something was the matter with his knee,” his coach Colm O’Connell told Reuters Tuesday. “Two initial investigations were done, first in the USA and also in Germany, and we decided that he takes a three-week rest.”
Even though Rudisha is unable to run at this week’s Kenyan national championships in Nairobi due to the injury, his dominance of the 800m over the last few years, including a world record of 1:40.91 in London and a 2013 world’s best in Doha last month, is expect to earn him an automatic selection for August’s world championships via wildcard.
“He does not need to run at the trials to be selected for [worlds]. He will only run if he feels comfortable,” O’Connell added. “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.”
Of course, Kenya is also the country that left the world record marathoner Patrick Makau off its London Olympic team, but it seems Rudisha fans can rest assured that he won’t meet the same fate:
“We really need him in the team to Moscow because of his experience and attitude,” Athletics Kenya’s vice president David Okeyo explained. “We hope he recovers in time.”
One of Brazil’s most recognizable Olympians (to a U.S. audience, at least) will miss the Rio Games.
Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics due to a back injury, the NBA team said Wednesday.
The Brazil men’s basketball team is now down two of its top four scorers from the 2012 Olympics.
The team was already without Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter, who underwent NBA season-ending hip surgery in February.
Splitter and Varejao were the third- and fourth-leading scorers on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals after not qualifying for the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Brazil’s Olympic roster includes four other NBA players — Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Huertas, Nenê and Raul Neto.
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Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones will serve as a reporter during NBC’s coverage of the Rio Games it was announced Wednesday.
The host of NBC primetime hit “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” Jones will travel to various venues over the course of the Games and contribute to features on a variety of platforms. He’ll also be a part of the Olympic Zone, which is a 30-minute nightly show set to air on NBC affiliates.
“Dhani is an engaging personality with a wide-range of experiences and interests – from professional athlete to primetime entertainment host to haberdashery and philanthropy. We’re excited to have him on our team in Rio,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.
Jones has worked on various shows since his 11-year career with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals came to an end in 2011. He hosted “Dhani Tackles the Globe” on Travel Channel, and is the current host of “Playbook 360” on Spike. He has also written a memoir, The Sportsman.
Jones’ colleague on “Spartan,” Kyle Martino, will be an NBC Olympics soccer analyst after serving in that role for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage.
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