Katrina Johnson-Thompson to miss European Indoor Championships

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Johnson-Thompson finished sixth in last year's Olympic heptathlon in Rio
European Indoor Championships
Venue: Belgrade, Serbia Dates: 3-5 March
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, Connected TV, Red Button and the BBC Sport website. Full details and times

Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she has withdrawn from this week's European Indoor Championships in Serbia to focus on her outdoor season.

The 24-year-old heptathlete was ruled out of last month's Birmingham Indoor event with a minor hamstring strain.

Johnson-Thompson was due to compete in the long jump in Belgrade.

"I'm healthy/happy and in full training. I just want to concentrate on the outdoor season, as originally planned," she wrote on Instagram.

"Shame I won't be there, as I have such fond memories of last time! But playing the long game."

A British Athletics spokesman added: "The injury is fine but she didn't want to go there and not win, so she is making up for the training she missed."

Multi-eventer Ashley Bryant will captain the British team in Serbia.

GB team for European Indoor Championships

Men: 60m: Richard Kilty, Andrew Robertson, Theo Etienne; 800m: Guy Learmonth, Kyle Langford; 1,500m: Tom Lancashire; 3,000m: Nick Goolab; 60m hurdles: Andrew Pozzi, David King, David Omoregie; High jump: Robbie Grabarz, Chris Kandu, Allan Smith; Long jump: Dan Bramble; Combined events: Ashley Bryant, Liam Ramsey.

Women: 60m: Asha Phillip; 400m: Eilidh Doyle, Laviai Nielsen, Lina Nielsen; 800m: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke; 1,500m: Laura Muir, Eilish McColgan, Sarah McDonald; 3,000m: Laura Muir, Eilish McColgan, Steph Twell; High jump: Morgan Lake; Long jump: Lorraine Ugen, Jazmin Sawyers; Shot put: Rachel Wallader; 4x400m: Eilidh Doyle, Laviai Nielsen, Lina Nielsen, Philippa Lowe, Mary Iheke.

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