Kenyan athletics chiefs have defended world 800m record holder David Rudisha's decision to pull out of next month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.The 21-year-old returned home on Wednesday for the first time since breaking the record twice last month.
He ran one minute, 41.09 seconds on 22 August to beat Wilson Kepketer's 1997mark and then 1:41.01 a week later.
"We feel he has done this country proud and he deserves a rest," said Athletics Kenya secretary David Okeyo.
Rudisha will be replaced by Abraham Kiplagat, withRichard Kiplagat and Boaz Lalang the other Kenyan runners for the 800m.
"The Games are being held unusually late in the year when the focus has turned to next year's World Championships in South Korea,"Rudisha told reporters at Nairobi's airport.
"Moreover, I feel tired after a very busy season and I need some rest before resuming training."
Rudisha was met by a large crowd on his arrival andadded: "I feel great and happy for my people to accord me such a welcome. It is ecstatic and makes one feel loved and appreciated.
"Now I want to rest and start early preparations for the WorldChampionships and Olympics."
McCain Race Walking Challenge
England’s Commonwealth Games race walking representatives will be looking to put their final touches to their preparations, when theytoe the line at the McCain UKA Race Walking Challenge Final incorporating the National 10km championships at Warwick University Business Park this weekend.
Following her fine tenth position at theEuropean Championships in Barcelona, Jo Jackson (Andi Drake/Maureen Jackson) has been back in hard training and will be looking to get close to her British 10km record of 43.52 she set at the same venuein March. It will also give her a telling performance marker with Jackson currently ranked number one in the Commonwealth in 2010 over 20km.
Also lining up in the women’s race will be Lisa Kehler...