Jessica Ennis-Hill has had to admit defeat in her quest to be fit for the World Championships in Moscow this month.
A persistent Achilles injury hasn’t cleared up in time for her to add another world title to the one she won in Berlin four years ago.
The 27-year-old from Dore admitted it had been a tough decision to make.
She said: “Up until now we have been focusing on managing the pain so I can train and get myself in shape to go out there to win in Moscow – which has meant not focusing on finding a cure for the injury.
“The time has now come to stop chasing fitness and look to cure the problem.
“To say I am gutted is an understatement – no athlete likes to miss the opportunity to compete at a major Championships – they don’t come round that often.”
Ennis-Hill tested her injury at the Anniversary Games in London last weekend where she finished fourth in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 13.08 seconds and eighth in the long jump with a best distance of 6.16 metres.