David Rudisha, the Olympic and world champion and world-record holder in the 800m, will miss the world championships next week with a quad muscle strain, according to his social media.
Rudisha, 28, would have been going for his fifth global title at worlds in London, where he famously lowered his world record in arguably the greatest Olympic race of all time in 2012.
Instead, he will miss worlds due to injury for the second time in three editions.
The Kenyan bowed out ahead of the 2013 Worlds after finding a right knee injury after running in New York’s Central Park that spring.
Rudisha returned to win his second world title in 2015 and repeat as Olympic champion in Rio, joining Mozambique’s Maria Mutola as the only people to take four global titles in the two-lap race.
This year, Rudisha was fourth in his lone Diamond League race in May. He ranks No. 19 in the world in 2017, while countryman Emmanuel Korir and Botswana’s Nijel Amos have the combined five fastest times among athletes entered in worlds.
Also absent from worlds are the men who joined Rudisha on the Rio podium — Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi and American Clayton Murphy, who both also suffered injuries this year.
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