Rudisha and Blake to miss Moscow

Injuries rule out David Rudisha and Yohan Blake from competing at the IAAF World Championships in August


The list of athletes who will miss the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in just under a months’ time has grown with news that Kenyan David Rudisha and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake have both been ruled out through injury.

The news follows American 100m record-holder Tyson Gay pulling out of the World Championships after admitting he has tested positive for a banned substance in a sprint scandal that has also seen Jamaica’s former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell also return a positive test in a separate case. Sherone Simpson and Allison Randall were the second and third Jamaican athletes to have confirmed a positive drugs test from the Jamaican trials in June, with five Jamaican athletes in total reported to have failed tests.

Olympic champion Rudisha continues to suffer with a knee injury sustained before the New York leg of the Diamond League series back in May, with his coach, Colm O’Connell, advising that that the 800m world record-holder will not be fit to defend his world title.

A hamstring injury has ruled out reigning world 100m champion Blake, the 23-year-old having been troubled by the problem since April.

Although Blake pulled out of his national championships because of the injury he already had secured his 100m spot for Moscow courtesy of an automatic place being the defending champion.

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