INJURY PUTS PAID TO RUTHERFORD’S PLANS
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.