Greg Rutherford will not compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham as he continues to regain full fitness following injury.
Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth long jump gold medallist Rutherford was given a host nation place for the IAAF World Indoor Championships three days after winning the British indoor title at Arena Birmingham.
Rutherford competed for the second time in the space of the week at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on Sunday but on reflection has chosen to withdraw from the IAAF World Indoor Championships in order to retain full fitness in time for the outdoor season.
“My performance from the British Championships to the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow at the weekend showed improvement but it was still not at the level I demand of myself. It has not been an easy decision but I have therefore chosen to withdraw from the World Indoor Championships. I am now going to take a few days to recover from Glasgow before resuming training as I prepare for a successful summer. I am committed to becoming the first long jumper to win three European titles in a row and will be training hard over the coming months to return to the track as fit as ever.” Said Rutherford.
Neil Black the Performance Director at British Athletics still remained upbeat, he said: “It has been fantastic to see Greg return to competition this indoor season and we have been impressed by the progress he has made. Unfortunately, that progress is not quite enough for him to be able to compete at the high standards he demands in Birmingham. Greg is a great role model and ambassador for the sport as demonstrated at the British Indoor Championships and Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow and we look forward to seeing him back fully fit in the summer.”
Rutherford’s withdrawal brings the size of the GB & NI team set to #REPRESENT in Birmingham to 31.