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Greg Rutherford: Long jump world champion withdraws from Anniversary Games with ankle injury

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London Anniversary GamesVenue: London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Date: 9 July Coverage: Live coverage on BBC Two (12:15-13:15) and BBC One, Connected TV and online (13:15-16:30).British long jumper Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from Sunday’s Anniversary Games in London with an ankle injury.The reigning world, European and Commonwealth champion suffered an ankle problem competing in Italy in May.Rutherford, 30, was also one of many high-profile absentees from the British trials last weekend.

“Obviously this isn’t ideal, but I am doing everything to give myself the best chance of success at the World Championships in London,” he said.Rutherford, who has only competed twice all season, is looking to defend his long jump world title at the 2017 Worlds which run from 4-13 August.British trials: Former Olympians criticise British AthleticsMitchell-Blake wins men’s 200m”After some really excellent training this year, the start to the season has been riddled with a series of troublesome injuries, most recently a problem with an ankle ligament,” he added.”As a result, I am absolutely gutted to say that I am unable to compete at the Anniversary Games this weekend – one of the greatest events in our sport.”
Source: BBC Beds