NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Injured Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha is
unlikely to compete at the Commonwealth Games.
The Kenyan, who holds the world record at 1:40.91, has just returned
to training after shaking off a leg injury, which ruled him out of
the London World Championships.
However, with the trials for the Kenyan team going to the
Commonwealth Games fast approaching, he may not be in the best
possible shape to secure a ticket to the Gold Coast.
“I believe a problem is nothing but an opportunity to prove
yourself. The injury is healed and I am done with my morning
training session. I work so hard and I never give up until a job is
completed. I am full of confidence, hope and sunshine,” said Rudisha.
Kenya has announced it may miss several key personalities from its
Commonwealth Games team, which comes earlier than its usual August
However, with no other major championships, athletes must decide if
they must compete in Commonwealth Games or the IAAF Diamond League,
which starts in May. Then there is also the Africa Championships
which kicks off in August.
Some of the defending champions who are not keen to compete in
Australia include 5,000m champion Mercy Cherono, who is expecting
her first child as well as world champion Faith Chepng’etich and
Olympic 1,500 meters champion James Magut.
Athletics Kenya has not invited the trio to the Gold Coast trials
which take place on Feb. 16-17 in Nairobi.
AK Vice President Paul Mutwii said the first three athletes across
the finish line in the middle and long distance races will make the
team to Commonwealth Games, ruling out the spare wild card ticket,
which could have been used to enter those not at the trials.
“For the sprint races and field events, out selections will depend
on allocation by the Games organizers,” said Mutwii.
Interestingly, the 2006 Melbourne Games 800m champion Janeth
Jepkosgei, 34, is set to make a return after a three-year maternity
Jepkosgei, who won the 2007 world 800m title in Osaka, Japan, has
been drawn against nine athletes including 2013 world champion
Eunice Sum, and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist Margaret
Other gold medalists missing out on the trials after they failed to
register for the Commonwealth Games are Caleb Mwangangi (5,000m),
Joyce Chepkirui (10,000m) and Flomena Cheyech (marathon).
The Commonwealth Games kick off on April 4.