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Greg Rutherford's withdrawal could harm Team GB's August efforts

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Team GB’s Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from next month’s athletics World Championships in London.

An ankle injury has sidelined the reigning long-jump champion who’s perhaps best known for his Olympic gold at London 2012. Promising progress in training made Rutherford and fans hopeful that we would defend place as champion long-jumper and, as a result, his withdrawal could harm Team GB’s overall finish.

Pulling out has taken an emotional toll on the star, as he explained to the BBC, "I am truly gutted. That stadium is such a special place for me, I am so devastated that I won't be competing in front of the best fans in the world, in the stadium that changed my life”.

Rutherford further explained his injuries, and his decision to pull out:

"Most recently, 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”.

His injuries have left him completely unable to compete in the event, meaning he will be unable to defend his world title.

“I can’t actually take off and I can’t jump so for a long jumper you can imagine that’s less than ideal.”

The World Championships will take place from the 4th to the 13th of August in London. 

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