Jessica Ennis-Hill Withdraws from 2013 World Championships Due to Injury

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2013

LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain competes in the Loughborough European Athletics Permit Meeting on July 23, 2013 in Loughborough, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Great Britain’s iconic Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will not compete at the World Championships due to injury, BBC Sport has confirmed.

UPDATE: Friday, August 2, at 7:45 a.m. ET by Ben Blackmore

BBC Sport has the latest on Ennis' status:

Achilles tendons are awkward and there's a period of rest [involved].

If we're lucky then we're looking at a 12 to 15-week recuperation period.

---End of Update---

Ennis-Hill has been struggling with an Achilles problem all season and announced on Wednesday her decision to withdraw from the Moscow event, which commences on Aug. 10.

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.

Up until now we have been focusing on managing the pain so I can train and get myself in shape to win in Moscow. The time has now come to stop chasing fitness and look to cure the problem.

There had been hope the reigning Olympic heptathlon champion might travel to Moscow after she competed at last weekend’s Anniversary Games.

Ennis-Hill appeared to emerge unscathed from a fourth-place finish in the 100-metres hurdles, although she was disappointed with her performance and confessed she was “running out of time” ahead of the World Championships.

Her track time of 13.08 seconds was more than half a second slower than what she ran at the London Olympics, which was unsurprising given that she only reintroduced hurdling to her training schedule in the week prior to the event.

The 26-year-old also finished last in the eight-woman long jump field, and coach Toni Minichiello confessed on BBC Sport it was time to sacrifice short-term goals in order to maximise Ennis-Hill’s chances of success during what should prove her peak years.

We have not seen enough improvement that would have made completing the two day, seven events of the heptathlon possible.

There are nine global medals up for grabs over the next three years not including Moscow. So a long term view has been taken.

Ennis-Hill’s chief aim will be to achieve further Olympic success at the Rio Games in 2016, and the manner in which she manages her physical preparation will be crucial.

She famously had to miss the 2008 Beijing spectacle due to a stress fracture in her right foot, which led to a 12-month layoff.

Having won the 2009 World Championships and finishing second two years later, little was to be gained by Ennis-Hill competing at anything less than 100 percent, and it's clear her camp felt there was too much at risk having her participate.