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Rudisha Out For Four Months With Ankle Injury

Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha on Thursday underwent successful surgery on his left ankle.

Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha underwent successful surgery on his left ankle on Thursday.

The 31-year-old is set to be out for four months and could miss valuable time in preparation for the new season that starts in August.

Rudisha picked up the injury during a walk at his compound when he was walking after stepping on uneven ground, and initially believed it was not a serious injury.

“Rudisha continued with exercises that wouldn’t cause further harm to his ankle but after a lack of improvement over the weekend, he underwent an examination and was diagnosed with an ankle fracture at St. Luke’s hospital in Eldoret,” his manager Michele Boateng said in a press statement.

Boateng added that rehabilitation will start as soon as doctors give him a clean bill of health.

Rudisha has not competed since July 2017 after picking a leg injury and he has been forced to relinquish his world 800m gold medal.

The Kenyan was the most dominant 800m runner in the 2010s, winning world championships in 2011 and 2015, Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016 and setting the world record of 1:40.91 at the London Games.

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