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Rudisha undergoes surgery to remove an implant on his left leg, hints at making a comeback

ATHLETICS By Odero Charles | November 22nd 2021
FILE: Rudisha David soon after winning and breaking the 800m world record in london 2012 olympics New AP

Two-time Olympic 800m champion and world record holder 'King' David Rudisha has given an update on his condition after undergoing successful surgery on Saturday.

Rudisha underwent successful surgery to remove an implant on his left ankle that has been there for the last one and half a year.

The 32-year-old posted an x-ray photo on his official social media accounts on Monday to provide an update to his fans on his status after surgery and in doing so, he took the opportunity to hint at making a comeback after a long injury lay-off.

Following the surgery, Rudisha confirmed the procedure "went well" saying; "I am glad that on Saturday 20th I had a successful surgery of removal of an implant on my left leg that has been there for the last one and half a year. At least I will be back soon doing some running!!!!"

Rudisha, has been sidelined for 2-1/2 years due to injury. A leg injury meant he could not run competitively in 2018, 2019 and also missed out on an opportunity to defend his title at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Rudisha was the first Kenyan to win the prestigious IAAF World Athlete of the Year award in 2010 and has won a record three consecutive track and field Athlete of the Year awards as he tied with Carl Lewis.

He was the first Kenyan to win the prestigious IAAF World Athlete of the Year award in 2010 and has won a record three consecutive track and field Athlete of the Year awards as he tied with Carl Lewis.

He has the world 800m record (1:40.91); two-time Olympic champion and two-time world champion as well as former Africa and world junior crowns.

‘King’ Rudisha was the first person to run under 1:41.00 for the event, and he holds the three fastest, six of the eight fastest, and half of the 20 fastest times ever run in this event.

His father, Daniel Rudisha, was a former athlete who won silver medal at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City in the 4x400m relay team while his mother, Naomi, is a former 4x400m hurdler.

 

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