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High jumper Vlasic out of worlds

AFP-JIJI

Croatia’s two-time world high jump champion Blanka Vlasic withdrew on Tuesday from next month’s world championships because of a painful foot.

The 29-year-old, who missed last year’s Olympics because of repercussions from a poorly performed operation on an ankle, had shown she was returning to form after a 20-month absence with a victory in her first event back, the Diamond League meet in New York.

Vlasic, who won world gold in 2007 and 2009, as well as silver in 2011, said she could not risk aggravating whatever was wrong with her foot.

“The pain in my foot became more intense after the Diamond League competition in Monaco (on July 19) and it still has not calmed down as after the other competitions,” she said on her website.

“This is a clear sign that I need to stop for a while and recover completely. To jump in Moscow would be too much of a risk and could only jeopardize the future, and I don’t want to risk that.”