World champion out due to ankle injury
Greg Rutherford, the reigning world long jump champion has pulled out from next month’s World Athletics Championships. The long jump champion was suffering from an ankle ligament injury. He picked up the injury last month in Italy and failed to recover in time for the championship next month. Rutherford said that the injury came at an unexpected time and it was very unfortunate. This means that Rutherford will not be in London to defend his world title. At the starting of the year, the Olympic champion was in a great form, but then a string of injuries has really hurt the 30-year-old athlete. Rutherford is looking to get rid of his injuries, and his focus is all set for the 2018 championships where he is looking to become a three time European champion. Greg Rutherford won his Olympic gold in London in 2012 as well as in the Commonwealth Games and the European gold in 2014. The director of United Kingdom Athletics, Neil Black claimed this was an unfortunate setback as Greg Rutherford was looking to defend his title in front of a home crowd. Shara Proctor and Jazmin Sawyers were added to the long jump team while Marc Scott was added to the 5000 m and Lennie Waite was added to the 3000 m steeplechase.
Eilidh Doyle chosen to be captain for the Great Britain team
The 400-meter hurdle athlete, Eilidh Doyle has been named as the captain of the Great Britain squad for the World Athletics Championships next month. The 78 member squad from Great Britain and Northern Ireland captained by Doyle will be looking to make a mark on the championships starting from 4th August. Doyle was elated and shocked at the same time when she heard the news. The Scottish hurdler beat out the likes of Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford to captain the Britain team. Doyle also played a pivotal role in Britain’s bronze medal win in the 400 m relay in the 2016 Rio Olympics. All the members voted for Doyle to lead the team this time. The British team is looking very strong on paper with Mo Farah, Laura Muir, and Katrina Johnson Thompson all looking ready to bring glory.
Russia to send 19 athletes for the championship next month
Russian athletes were in the news for the use of drugs which caused Russia to be banned from international competition. Despite the ban, Russia looks to send a convoy of 19 athletes to next month’s World Athletics Championships. This includes three former world champions who were excluded from the ban after the IAFF reviewed their history. Mariya Lasitskene is an absolute favorite to retain her high jump title while Sergei Shubenkov will look to retain his 100-meter hurdles title.