England’s athletics team have been hit with a blow ahead of April’s Common Wealth games to be held in Australia following the announcement that defending long jump champion Greg Rutherford as withdrawn from the squad.
Despite recently recovering from an long term ankle injury the former World Champion decided that having completed previously with out a solid training platform behind him and that showed in his results, he will instead be concentrating on getting back to full fitness before competing.
Rutherford shot to the top after winning his Olympic gold at the London 2012 games and since has gone on to win Common wealth gold in 2014 and World gold in 2015, before injuries started to blight his career.
He struggled with Injury during the early part of the 2016 season, which showed when he attempted to defend his Olympic title in Rio, instead walking away with the bronze, while he had to sit and watch last year’s London World Championships after withdrawing from the squad with his problematic ankle.
When announcing his intention to with draw he stated:
“I really would have loved to have been involved with the team. The Commonwealth Games have been brilliant over the years for me and my two medals (gold in 2014 and silver in 2010) from three Games have been highlights for me. I am planning on easing myself back into competition, possibly indoors, and then building to the summer season.” (bbc sport)
The commonwealth games will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4th and 15th April 2018.