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U.S. sprinter Jeter to miss nationals

AFP-JIJI

Carmelita Jeter, the reigning women’s 100-meter world champion, won’t compete at this week’s U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships as she nurses a right thigh injury but will still be eligible to defend her title.

Jeter, who won the world title in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011 and took silver in the 100 at last year’s London Olympics, hasn’t run since she pulled up late in finishing third at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on May 18.

Because she is injured, Jeter will still be eligible to use her wild card as reigning champion at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, even without competing at the U.S. trials, a USA Track and Field spokesperson said.

The women’s 100 at the U.S. championships, selection meeting for the world championships, lost another big name before Thursday’s heats as Allyson Felix withdrew, apparently opting to focus her attention on regaining her 200-meter world title in Moscow.