Elijah Manangoi won't defend 1,500-metre title at track and field worlds
Injured Kenyan runner focused on regaining health for 2020 Olympics
Defending 1,500-metre champion Elijah Manangoi has pulled out of the upcoming world track and field championships because of an ankle injury he picked up in training.
"I had no choice, I had to make this decision to save my career for the sake of the Olympics," Manangoi told The Associated Press from Nairobi.
In his absence, younger brother George Manangoi, Timothy Cheruiyot and Ronald Kwemoi will now represent Kenya at the distance in Doha. The worlds start Sept. 27 in Qatar.