NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha of Kenya will
not put a timeline on when he will be back in competition
despite shaking off hamstring and sitting bone injuries.
The 29-year old last
competed at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July 2017 where he won
in 1 minute and 44.90 seconds, but sat out the London World
Championships after picking up a hamstring injury in training.
His comeback in
January was also halted when he experienced pain in his sitting
bone, which threw him off the plan further.
But speaking in
Nairobi on Thursday, Rudisha said he will return to his base in
Iten and continue his rehabilitation as he seeks to be fully fit
“I can’t imagine how
good it feel to be back into this (training). In God I trust,”
“I doubted whether I
will be able to come back but I never lost it. Now the challenge
is to get back to top form and being able to make a successful
Rudisha, who holds
the world record at 1:40.91, set at the London Olympics in 2012,
believes he will be in contention for the 2019 World
Championships, which will be held in Doha, Qatar in October.
He said that his
performance in 2019 will determine if he will be strong enough
to contest the 2020 Olympics.
Not many 800m
runners have competed in more than two Olympics. Rudisha missed
the 2008 Beijing Games with a tendon injury, but was strong to
win the London gold and retained it in Rio in 2016.
Rudisha, referred by
his fans as the King of 800m race in reference to biblical King
David, however is asking his fans to be patient with him as he
takes the steps of returning to fitness.
However, he failed
short to say, his spark that saw him run three world records and
won 27 races unbeaten is still much alive in him.
“My fans remain
worried but they need to relax and give me time. I have not
retired as many said. I am back in training and only time will
tell how fast I can run. To be where I am today is by God’s
grace. I have run 10km in Karura Forest in Nairobi and my body
felt normal, no pains. It is a major step in my recovery,” he
Rudisha intends to
start his spadework in December. He is aiming to make the Kenyan
team for the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
But Tokyo 2020
remains his main target as he hopes to hang his boots at the
highest stage of sports competition.