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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Miles Chamley-Watson may be an Olympian and World champion, but many people with those titles can walk the streets of New York with nobody looking twice.
It’s a different story when he’s in competition uniform.
Chamley-Watson showed just how useful his fencing training, stances and equipment — especially his foil blade — can be.
The 29-year-old Chamley-Watson just missed an Olympic medal three years ago, finishing fourth with the U.S. foil team in London. He also fell in the round of 32 in the individual foil.
Chamley-Watson, a 6-foot-4, tattooed model, rebounded to win the 2013 World Championship individually.
However, he is not assured of making the Rio Olympic team.
Chamley-Watson is ranked No. 11 in the world, behind three other Americans — No. 1 Race Imboden, No. 3 Alexander Massialas and No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt.
A maximum of three Americans can compete individually in Rio in the foil. Three would also compete in the team event, with, possibly, a fourth fencer as a replacement athlete who could be subbed in and out during the team event rounds.
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PARIS (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.
The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.
According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.
Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.
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