David Rudisha diagnosed with ankle fracture, undergoes surgery


Olympic champion David Rudisha will not be training for 12 to 16 weeks after incurring an injury on Tuesday, May 19, at his rural home in Eldoret.

A statement sent to the newsrooms by the athlete’s agency indicated that David Rudisha was taking a stroll in his compound 2 weeks ago at his Kilgoris home in Narok County, where he accidentally stepped on uneven ground.

Rudisha reportedly twisted his ankle, but at first, ignored the injury as a minor one and continued training.

After a lack of improvement over the weekend, he later paid a visit to St. Lukes Hospital in Eldoret for examination, where he was diagnosed with an ankle fracture.

The surgery, which was carried out by Dr. Victoria Bargoria, ruled the Olympics champion out of training for about 16 weeks, after which he can resume the exercises.

The surgeon, who is also the Kenyan team doctor, said that Rudisha sustained a left ankle fracture (Supination External Rotation), which he fixed with a-third tubular plate and 3.5mm crews.

Rudisha said that the injury came as a blow to him as he had been training hoping to take part in the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The Olympic Games were scheduled for 2020 but were postponed to an unknown date due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2012, Rudisha put Kenya on the map after a spectacular run at the Olympics in London, where he won gold and broke the world record, finishing at 1:40:91.

In 2016, Rudisha again won world admiration at the Olympics in Rio, where he bagged the gold medal and globally cemented his position among the greatest athletes of all the time.

In 2017, the athlete forfeited the 2017 World Championships due to yet another injury and other unexpected woes.

The injury is unfortunate for Rudisha, who said that he was training with his mindset on bagging a third consecutive gold medal in Tokyo.


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