Jessica Ennis-Hill to miss World Championships in Moscow
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Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Moscow with an Achilles injury.
The heptathlete has had the problem all season, although she did compete in the hurdles and long jump at the Anniversary Games last weekend.
The 27-year-old said: "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."
The Sheffield athlete took part in the Anniversary Games to test her fitness and had admitted on Saturday she was not sure she would be fit in time for the championships, which run from 10-18 August.
It was only her second competitive appearance since winning gold at London 2012 and she finished fourth in the 100m hurdles and eighth out of eight in the long jump.
"Up until now we have been focusing on managing the pain so I can train and get myself in shape to win in Moscow," she said. "The time has now come to stop chasing fitness and look to cure the problem."
Coach Toni Minichiello explained there had not been enough improvement in the athlete's condition to ensure she could complete both days of the heptathlon event in Moscow.
"There are nine global medals up for grabs over the next three years not including Moscow," he said. "So a long term view has been taken."
Minichiello added that while Ennis-Hill was disappointed to be missing the World Championships, she was also relieved to be able to move on.
"Up until this point it was maybe she can go, maybe not, and it is difficult to be on the edge like that," he added.
"Yes it is not the best decision because it is a negative, but a decision has been made and I think as a sportsperson you get a lot of solace from that because the line in the sand has been drawn and you can step forward and move on from it."
Neil Black, UK Athletics performance director, said: "No-one wants to see her competing in pain. We look forward to seeing her wear the Great Britain and Northern Ireland vest again in 2014."
Ennis-Hill's withdrawal from the Great Britain squad means the remaining track and field athletes who won gold at London 2012 are long-distance runner Mo Farah and long jumper Greg Rutherford, who was himself selected
UK Athletics said there would be no replacement for Ennis in the squad as none of the potential candidates had reached the required 'A' qualifying standard.
That leaves Katarina Johnson-Thompson, 20, as Britain's sole entrant.
I just hope the BBC can now apply their World Championship coverage to the athletes who ARE actually taking part rather than focusing the bulk of their athletics coverage on Jess. And please, let's not have her as a co-commentator either...
Plus run on a minor achilles injury and at her level it could do enough subsequent damage that she'll never compete again. I wouldn't take the chance either
Jess is just class, pure and simple.
I personally think that she wasn't fit enough to compete at the anniversary games and battled through because she was the poster girl of the games. She shouldn't have risked herself. Ennis is fantastic role model for young people and will continue to be.
I think her motivation is gone and she'll retire soon. You can be sure had the Olympics in London been in 3 weeks, she'd get herself fit for that!
If she went to the World Championships, she could make the injury far worse - and an achilles injury can take a long time to heal.
An Achilles injury can't be taken lightly no matter how slight, it's something that can take a long time to recover and if she goes to the worlds she risks causing further damage which could effectively end her career.
In my eyes she's dome the right thing, she'll be back
Seriously!!! Are you joking?
As far as the Athletics world are concerned the Worlds are bigger than The Olympics, there is absolutely no why on Gods Earth she would have pulled out "as a stunt" or because of "Sponsor pressure"
She pulled out because she is injured and doesn't want to ruin her career for good just to give you a bit of eye candy to look at for a couple of days
Hopefully she will be winning gold for many years to come at full fitness.
Most injuries are picked up in training, wherever you are in the world and in most sports. Nothing to do with Britain at all. An athlete spends nearly 95% of their worklife training. Competing is the culmination of all that hard work.