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Ankle injury KOs Rutherford

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 7:12 AM

 

Reigning long jump champion Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from next month's World Championships in London because of an ankle injury, the BBC sports website reported on Monday.

Rutherford, who won Olympic gold at London 2012 before claiming the 2015 world title, told bbc.com/sport that he was "gutted".

Richard Kilty, who was selected for the 4x100m relay, has also pulled out of the event with a broken finger, BBC sports said.

"With an incredible start to the year in training, and very promising early season form, I have had a difficult series of setbacks as the season progressed," added Rutherford, who also won Commonwealth gold in 2014 and the European title in 2014 and 2016.

"Most recently, a badly damaged ankle ligament and a sportsman's hernia, really put paid to my plans. The injuries have taken longer to heal than we hoped, and I have been unable to even jump at all in training, let alone compete.

"I am truly gutted. That stadium is such a special place for me, I am so devastated that I won't be competing in front of the best fans in the world, in the stadium that changed my life."

"Greg is one of only a few British athletes to complete the 'Grand Slam' of medals, but that won't make missing London any easier," said Neil Black, performance director for British Athletics told BBC sports.

"He desperately wanted to defend his world title in front of the home crowd, but unfortunately his injury hasn't cleared up in time and the hard but sensible decision had to be made to withdraw."