Rudisha Reveals What Accident Means for His Career

  • The two-time Olympic 800m champion sustained minor injuries The Standard
  • Olympic gold medalist, David Rudisha, on Thursday, broke the silence over his career after escaping with injuries from a grisly road accident, along the Keroka-Kilgoris Road on August 25.

    The Olympic 800m record-holder was speaking in Eldoret, during the naming of Kenya’s marathon teams ahead of the 2019 IAAF World Championships, which will be held in Doha, Qatar from September 28 to October 6.

    Rudisha, 30, stated that he will resume training shortly, after being sidelined with an injury for two years, though he hasn't completely made up his mind on getting back on the track.

    World 800m Record holder David Rudisha during an interview at Kenmosa Village in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on August 29, 2019.
    World 800m record-holder David Rudisha during an interview at Kenmosa Village in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on August 29, 2019.

    He also acknowledged that age was catching up with him, but was happy that other young athletes had stepped up during his absence and were making Kenya proud.

    “Age is also another factor I have to consider, but I will still work hard to get back on the track.

    “In my absence, other upcoming athletes have been doing well. I admire their hard work because they have been representing the country well in the race,” he stated.

    Nonetheless, Rudisha refused to rule himself out of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I’m looking forward to competing again, but I’m aware there are upcoming athletes who are doing well in 800 metres," he asserted.

    He also thanked his supporters for sending him messages of goodwill and assured them that he was fairing on well.

    “I thank my fans and friends who called me after I was involved in a road accident last week. Many people wanted to know if I was well and I thank God because I came out of the vehicle with only slight injuries. I’m now well,” he confirmed.

    Wreckage of David Rudisha's vehicle after the car crash. He has stated that he will resume training.
    Wreckage of David Rudisha's vehicle after the car crash. He has stated that he will resume training.