World champion Greene out of Anniversary Games

24 July 2013 / 18:32

Dai Greene has withdrawn from this weekend's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in order to focus on the defence of his world 400m hurdles title in Moscow.

Greene recently claimed another British title in Birmingham but has been struggling with a leg injury, according to agent Jamie Baulch.

"In order for Dai to compete at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games he pulled out of Monaco, this gave him the good chance of recovering from a slight niggle in his leg, unfortunately though, after a week in training a decision has been made between Dai and Malcolm Arnold (his coach) not to compete in London," he said.

“Dai now has three weeks recovery time, this will hopefully be the time that he needs to ensure that he is on the plane to Moscow to defend his world title.”

British 800m runners Andrew Osagie and Jessica Judd have also withdrawn as a precaution ahead of the World Championships, which start in just over two weeks. Osagie is still recovering from a hamstring problem whilst Judd has a small niggle in her calf.

"I am gutted to have to miss the race on Friday," said Osagie. 

"It would have been amazing to be back in the Olympic Stadium. I hurt my hamstring in the 800m in Lausanne a few weeks ago and it kept me out of the trials. I'm recovering well and am back in full training, but I'm just not ready to race. I'll definitely be ok for Moscow though which is good news."

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