800 metres men World Championships in Athletics
Who wins 800 metres men at the World Championships in Athletics 2019?
2019 World Championships in Athletics - Men's 800 metres
David Rudisha (Olympic 800m champion) is doubtful if he will be ready for the World Championships, which will be staged in Doha, in September.
The 29-year-old says despite his having overcome his injury troubles, he still has a mountain to climb in a bid to return to his best form and compete at the highest level against a battery of young and hungry upcoming athletes eyeing his title.
"I cannot confirm now if I will be available for selection and ready to compete at the World Championships. However, I still feel energetic and there's still a big room for improvement," Rudisha said in Nairobi.
Rudisha’s absence from competition has seen him gain weight as he has been in and out of the country seeking medication to his backbone injuries and nagging hamstring.
Now he has started training and hopes to return to top form while shading more calories. However, he will not be ready for the IAAF Diamond League start in Doha on May 3.
Confirming his plans, the 29-year-old believes he will be ready to challenge for the medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before thinking of finally hanging up his running spikes.
"I have my plans and it is my hope that I will be fit and healthy to defend my Olympic title next year in Tokyo. Right now I just want to focus on returning back to action, have some competition under my belt and listen to my body. There is no room for negative distractions because I take each day at a time," he added.
The Kenyan has rued injury to have denied him almost two years of competition. At the London Olympic Games, he had set the world record of 1:40.91, his third time to break the mark.
"I had a setback in my rehabilitation with the sitting bone injury that delayed my recovery especially before the Diamond League season last year. I had a problem with my right knee which led to a problem with the sitting bone," he said.
"I will not be rushing to competition, until I feel am 100 per cent ready. Around April is when I'll know where my form is and which race I will compete in," Rudisha added.
Over nine years ago, the Kenyan announced his ability in the two lap race when he shuttered the world record at the Berlin meeting clocking 1:41.09.
A week later in Italy, Rudisha lowered the record to 1:41.01 and became the youngest-ever person to win the prestigious IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.
He claimed his first world title the following season in Daegu, South Korea, before winning his first Olympic title at London 2012 a year later in a world and games record of 1:40.91. He remains the only athlete to have broken the 1 minute and 41 second barrier in 800m.