Rio2016:Olympic champion David Rudisha beaten during trials


World 800 metre champion David Rudisha has been defeated on the last day of the Olympic trials. The record holder has still made the Kenyan team for Rio, however.

Rudisha scraped into the Kenyan team for the Rio Olympics after finishing third in the east African nation’s trials on Friday.

The Olympic and world 800m champion who has been enduring a poor season, was passed on the final bend by youngster Ferguson Rotich and surprise winner Alfred Kipketer.

“My plan was to run from behind but I was caught on the back stretch and boxed in,” Rudisha told reporters. “I was only able to come up in the last 150 meters and kicked to make the team.”

“To make the team was the most important thing today,” he said. “More so, after the semi-final race took a lot of energy from me yesterday. I have nothing to complain about.

And Rudisha wasn’t the only big name who failed to win at the trials as CCTV’s Saddique Shaban reports.

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