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GREG RUTHER­FORD ad­mit­ted he was ‘truly gut­ted’ to have been forced to with­draw from the GB team for next month’s IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don af­ter fail­ing to re­cover from an an­kle lig­a­ment in­jury and sports her­nia.

The 30-year-old (left) won world long jump gold in Bei­jing two years ago but now, un­able to de­fend his ti­tle, he will switch his at­ten­tion to be­com­ing a three-time Euro­pean cham­pion in 2018.

“I did ev­ery­thing I could, but a string of in­juries at the worst pos­si­ble time means I will be un­able to de­fend my world ti­tle in Lon­don,” said Ruther­ford.

“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,” added the Lon­don 2012 Olympic cham­pion. “That sta­dium is such a spe­cial place for me.”

Richard Kilty has also been forced to with­draw from the 4x100m re­lay squad af­ter break­ing a fin­ger on his changeover hand.

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