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Jessica Ennis-Hill says she is “gutted” after confirming she will miss the upcoming World Championships due to her troublesome Achilles injury.
The Olympic Heptathlon gold medallist has been struggling with the injury in the past few months but was still hoping to be fit to travel to Moscow for the World Championships, which begin on August 10.
The Team GB star took part in last weekend’s Anniversary Games to mark one year since London 2012 and she admitted afterwards that she would do all she could to be part of the team heading to Russia.
However, it has now been confirmed the injury is proving too difficult to shake off and instead she will now continue to receive treatment and rest in order to completely get over the problem.
“Up until now we have been focusing on managing the pain so I can train and get myself in shape to go out there to win in Moscow – which has meant not focusing on finding a cure for the injury,” Ennis-Hill said.
“The time has now come to stop chasing fitness and look to cure the problem.
“To say I am gutted is an understatement – no athlete likes to miss the opportunity to compete at a major Championships – they don’t come round that often.”
Ennis-Hill’s coach, Tony Minichello, said they made the decision in the last 24 hours and they will now concentrate on getting the 27-year-old fully recovered and injury free.
“In the last 24 hours we have looked at her Achilles injury and it has not responded well enough, so the decision is to withdraw her from the World Championships,” he said.