Sudan’s Kaki skips 800m for relays in Nairobi

July 29th, 2010 | by addis portal |

NAIROBI — Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki has opted to skip Thursday’s 800m semi-finals at the African athletics championships which would have seen him clash with big rival and reigning champion David Rudisha of Kenya.Two-time world indoor champion Kaki, who complained about the chilly weather conditions being experienced here, said he would instead run in the longer relay races with his team.

“I’m here to run in the relays. I don’t think this weather is too good for the 800 ” said Kaki.

In-form Rudisha, who is also the African record holder, is seeking to retain his title he won two years ago in Addis Ababa.

He likely to face big opposition from fellow Kenyan and former world champion Alfred Kirwa, Olympic silver medallist Ahmed Ismail of Sudan and the current world indoor champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

The 21-year-old Kenyan became the second fastest man ever over 800m when he set an African record of 1min 41.51sec in Heusden, Belgium on July 10.

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