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Elijah Manangoi won't defend 1,500-metre title at track and field worlds

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.

Injured Kenyan runner focused on regaining health for 2020 Olympics

Kenya's Elijah Manangoi will require up to two months to heal from an ankle injury suffered in training and won't defend his 1,500-metre title at the world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar. (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Manangoi said it will take four to eight weeks for the injury to heal and that he is "sad not to defend my title," but that he will now focus on getting fit for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

"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.

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